This is a cover letter, not a resume
As you may have learned from reading some of our resume advice, a resume needs to be a one-page, to the point document that includes bullet pointed fragments demonstrating your most impressive accomplishments at a job. It’s pretty limiting. That’s where the cover letter steps in. The cover letter is not for you to simply regurgitate what you’ve already written on your resume, but offers the use complete sentences that fully encapsulate the specific details of your accomplishments that were restricted on your resume.
Don’t be self-centered
In essence, the cover letter is not about you, it’s about what you can do and how that will benefit the company. Nobody cares how awesome you are on your own; they care about how awesome you would be working for them. Do this by demonstrating what you’re capable of and how that correlates to the job description and expected delivery.
In our blog post How To Make Your Cover Letter Memorable, we explain how sharing a story instead of iterating the same old same old can make your cover letter stand out. What ties do you have the company? Have you been ogling over Chanel ever since you first spotted that metallic blue wallet with an embroidered bow way back in your middle school days? Is Vogue your bible? Sharing a unique and individual story makes your cover letter remembered instead of trashed. Caution: keep it concise. It’s still a cover letter, not your autobiography.
Crunch some numbers
You know how people say actions speak louder than words? Scratch that – numbers speak the loudest! Quantifying your success makes your achievements easily digestible to the eye of the reader. If you’re a social media intern, include the amount of followers you’ve acquired since you started. If you’re an editorial intern, include how many articles you’ve written and the size of the audience it reached. Almost every quality has a quantity.
Ever think of giving your cover letter a headline? Sounds weird, right? This isn’t an English essay… But it turns out this formatting idea is an excellent way to catch an interviewer’s eye and encapsulate the key message of your letter.
Get to it already!
Short. Sweet. And to the point. Keep your cover letter to half a page, max. Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes; would you really like to read tens of full page letters? Ensure your’s is fully read by embracing brevity.
Please don’t start your cover letter with “My name is __, and…” Don’t.. Just don’t… Your name is on your resume, remember? Get down to business and land the job.
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