Knowing how to write cover letters that get job interviews is not as hard as it sounds. It comes down to making a case for yourself and presenting it properly. This article explains a way to write cover letters that lead to job interviews.
Tip #1: Make the Cover Letter and Resume Into One File!
This tip has been discussed before on LinkedIn. Recruiters and hiring managers alike state that they prefer opening one attachment with everything in it, opposed to two attachments.
Here’s the deal with making it one file:
Opening up file attachments is a pain in the neck. Imagine you have to look at 100 applications, each with an attachment for a cover letter and a resume. Organizing 200 attachments is time-consuming and things can get lost:
- Make the cover letter into page 1 of your resume attachment.
- Use the same header you use for your resume.
- Mention in the cover letter to see page 2 for the resume.
Over the course of a day, it makes the lives easier of anyone looking at your information.
Tip #2: Make the Case and Explain Why You Should Be Hired!
Have you ever seen an opening statement in a trial? Make the case for yourself! Think of your cover letter as the “opening statement”.
Make the case in this format below:
Hello, (Hiring Manager’s Name)
It's a pleasure to meet you. I am reaching out to express my deep interest in the (this job) opening at (The Company Name). (Next, write what you found was most interesting about the position.)
(Now, you will state what you intend to prove!) I believe I am a fit for this position for the following reasons:
1. You seek someone who can (handle this most important responsibility from the job description.)
- (This is where you explain when and how you had job experience doing this before.)
2. You also seek (this 2nd most important responsibility.)
- (Again, explain when and how you had experience doing this before.)
3. Finally, (go into your plans for the role, summarizing what you hope to achieve in the position.)
(Now, say your friendly and open closing.) I am available anytime at (this phone number) to discuss further. My resume is on page 2 of this document.
A Bit More About This Cover Letter Format…
You can find the hiring manager’s name with a solid LinkedIn search of the company’s employees. Message people you believe may be the hiring manager. Ask to be referred through LinkedIn messages.
Brevity is your friend. Your opening statement and explanation of experience should be short, sweet, and to the point. Let your resume be the “evidence” as you make your case.
The purpose of putting a number in the closing of the cover letter is to entice them to call you immediately.
Tip #3: Name the File Properly
One of the best and easiest formats to use is the following:
Name.Job Title.Resume.Cover letter.Company
This naming format makes it easier for the reader to understand the intent of the attachment. You are not just sending a file. You are sending a file with a clear purpose. This makes organizing attachments from job applicants easier, too.
And if you are sending these files to people involved in the hiring process, do you not want to make their lives just a little easier?