When you are involved in a job search, getting noticed is half the battle. A good cover letter is an opportunity to sell yourself and explain why the hiring manager should bring you in and consider you a top candidate. A well-written cover letter can entice a hiring manager to contact you and consider you for a position, but only if the letter does not get lost or glossed over amidst a flood of applications.
Fortunately, there are ways you can try to ensure that the cover letter you write ends up at the top of the pile and draws attention that you need to make connections and get noticed. To help make sure your cover letter isn’t just another one in a big stack:
- Get the name of a person to address it to. You can call the company or search online to find the name of the hiring manager or department manager. Going to the trouble to personalize the letter shows initiative. It also maximizes the chances the letter will be delivered to the right place, rather than just ending up on a big stack of other job applications.
- Work in info on the mission and values of the company. One of the worst things you can do is send a generic cover letter. Instead of a form letter, be sure your cover letter is laser-focused on showing how you’ll be a good fit for the position you are applying for. Research the mission and values of the company and incorporate details in your cover letter to show why you’d be a great fit with the organization.
- Say you will follow up. Note in the cover letter that you plan to contact the hiring manager again during the hiring process. Be sure that you actually follow up exactly as promised in your cover letter so you do not appear unreliable.
By following these tips, you can increase the chances that your cover letter will draw attention and prompt the hiring manager to consider you as a serious candidate.
A cover letter is just one of many ways for you to get noticed and stand out from the crowd. Working with a professional staffing service is also a smart choice for your job search. Wiseconnect can connect you with hiring managers who are looking for people to begin working immediately. Give us a call or contact us online to learn more about how we can help you find great opportunities and get your name out there as a strong candidate.