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Cover letter writing can be difficult and if you have written a cover letter and are disappointed with the content it can be even more difficult to edit!


Cover Letter Writing Tips

But there are lots of ways you can improve your cover letter with very little effort – here are three ways to instantly boost your cover letter content and hopefully your job interview chances too:

Cut Down the Words

One of the quickest ways to improve your cover letter is to spend time on editing the content and decreasing the length of your document. Just like your resume, your cover letter should be concise – ideally one page or less. A couple of paragraphs would be perfect. Your cover letter should briefly describe your current work experience and your expertise and briefly explain why you are looking to move jobs. If you write pages and pages of text for the cover letter it could be detrimental for a number of reasons. Firstly, you don’t want to give too much information away on your cover letter as you’ll struggle for talking points during a job interview. Your cover letter should simply serve as a teaser – offering some initial career information to an employer and prompting them to want to find out more. So read through your cover letter and cut down any information that you feel goes into too much detail or is not that relevant to your job application. And secondly, creating a cover letter that is pages and pages long may mean your cover letter and resume isn’t read at all. Employers allocate a certain period of time for recruitment however as most employers can receive hundreds of resumes for every one advert they post, many employers have less time to spend to whittle down job applications. If your cover letter is too lengthy or doesn’t get straight to the good stuff, then an employer may skip it and move on to the next. You need to make your resume and experience as accessible as possible so include the key details of your expertise and keep it concise.

Personalise It

If you are trying to improve your cover letter then one of the most effective ways to do this is to personalise it to the employer. If you have written a cover letter that doesn’t relate to the job role or the responsibilities then you are not showcasing your ability to do the job in the best possible light. Personalising your cover letter can not only demonstrate why you can do the job – but it allows an employer to visualise what kind of impact you could have on their organisation and what you could bring to the job role. Personalising your cover letter can be easy too; find out the name of the hiring manager or the person conducting the interview and address your cover letter to them. Read through the job description and the key skills required for the role. Your resume should already reflect these skills but use your cover letter to further outline why you are qualified for the job by outlining examples of your work that the employer may find impressive or by reiterating your previous experience and expertise. Doing this will ensure the employer can easily see the value of your application and it should increase your job interview opportunities too.

Tell the Employer Something Your Resume Doesn’t

Although your cover letter should reference your resume, you should try to avoid repeating exactly what you have included on your resume. Use your cover letter to outline the specific skills and experience you have that make you the right candidate for the job and also try to show an employer why you want to work for their company. Although an employer will mainly be looking for your skills, qualifications and experience on your cover letter, they will also be looking for some passion and enthusiasm for the job – so try to show this in your cover letter writing.


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