Four Tips to Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out

November 23, 2016

Let’s talk about the one part of a job application that is required when submitting nearly all applications, yet is the most frustrating to write: the cover letter. What should you talk about? How specific should you be? What do the hiring managers want to see? It can be discouraging when trying to make your cover letter stand out without proper direction.

Thankfully, we have good news for you. There are specific, easy ways that you can create an impressive cover letter. To help improve your job search, follow these four tips to make your cover letter stand out:

Mention Specifics

Resist the urge to send a general, template-based cover letter. Do a little research to find the name of the person to whom you should be addressing the cover letter. Mention relevant details about the company. Do what you can to show your cover letter isn’t just another copied-and-pasted cover letter. Even a small amount of effort in this area goes a long way.

Don’t Be Boring

Your cover letter is an opportunity to let your personality shine. While your résumé shows the facts (where you’ve worked, your past job duties, your education, etc.), it isn’t a good place to demonstrate who you are as a person. Write your cover letter with an authentic (yet professional) tone, putting your personality on display for the hiring manager to clearly see.

Check Spelling and Grammar

If your cover letter has even a few grammar and/or spelling errors, it will get noticed, but for the wrong reasons. Make sure to double check your cover letter to ensure it has top-notch spelling and grammar.

Focus On How Your Skills Will Help the Company

Rather than only discussing your skills and past achievements, connect your abilities directly to how you can help the business. Use your cover letter as the space where you show why you are the perfect person for the role you are applying for.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

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