66% of Hiring Managers Prefer an Appropriate, Well-Written Cover Letter With a Resume*
Cover Letter Tips:
- When at all possible, address your letter to a particular person. Do some research to find out the name of the person who will be reviewing your resume. This reinforces that this is not a generic cover letter, but one made especially for them.
- Modify your cover letter to the particular job you are applying for and illustrate why you are the best choice for this particular position. Hiring Managers look for specialized cover letters, not mass-produced ones.
- Do research on the company you are applying for. Discuss why this company/organization appeals to you. This shows employers you went the extra mile to learn about them – it may give you the edge over the competition.
- Don’t just repeat your resume. This is a chance to not only to illustrate your outstanding qualities, but to show your personality as well. Employers should want to meet you, not just your credentials.
- Double and triple check for spelling or grammatical errors. 48% of hiring managers say they will not even consider a resume or cover letter with spelling errors*.
* Statistics provided by CareerBuilder.com Hiring Manager Survey