Cover Letter Help
We've received so many recruiters telling us they often receive only resumes, and no cover letter as an introduction. So our first tip: no matter what, always include a cover letter. End of story.
Tip: You're not writing a novel. Keep it short & sweet.
Imagine reading more than a hundred cover letters every day. Those ones that are too long or tedious will be nixed in the first round. Remember, this isn't a replacement to an interview, it's an introduction. Keep it at that length. Short, enough to read, but not so much that the reader wants it to end.
If you're applying online or via email, you still need to send a cover letter. A simple "hey, my resume is attached. Thanks for reading" is under no circumstance a cover letter. Keep things short and applicable.
Tip: This is your chance to let your personality peek through.
Sure, your resume is a checklist of accomplishments and responsbilities during your professional career. Your cover letter is a way for hiring managers to get an idea of who you are and your attitude. Who you are outside of your accomplishments.
Tip: Use a few less "I's" and a lot more "You's"
Your cover letter is an introduction to your resume, and the two things together should be enough to seal the deal for an interview. If your cover letter talks too much about yourself, it may not convey the "team player" message you want and also shows a lack of research and interest in the company you're applying to. Sure, you're probably applying to quite a few, but a hiring manager does want to feel that way. Cater your cover letter to the place you're applying to.