Do I still need a cover letter in 2018?

Posted by Oliver Hogue on 27/06/2018

For many businesses, the cover letter is an integral part of the selection process: it is how they cull who they would like to interview for the position from the hundreds of candidates who may have applied. Rather than seeing it as a chore, view it as your first step on the road to your next career move!

Having said that, there are some instances where a cover letter is generally not needed. These include:

  • When there isn’t space to upload one in an online application.
  • When you have been contacted about a job by someone you know well or have worked for before.
  • When the application process is more casual, such as when or you are applying for a job via social media like Facebook, or LinkedIn, where your professional profile is available.

How to create an effective cover letter

When you do write a cover letter, it needs to set you apart from the other candidates.

 Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid any confusion by clearly stating the position you are applying for.
  • Address the person whose name is on the job advertisement.
  • Get their attention by ensuring your first paragraph stands out.
  • Outline the reasons why you are an outstanding candidate for the position.
  • Outline your experience, skills and qualifications and how they relate to the job requirements.
  • Show enthusiasm, passion, drive and keenness, don’t assume that’s a given simply because you’re applying for the position.
  • Use keywords from the job ad.
  • Keep your cover letter to one page.
  • Carefully check spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Correctly format your letter.
  • Include your contact details.

Your cover letter is a golden opportunity to outline why you are an outstanding candidate – focus on your skills, achievements, vision and talents – and don’t forget to mention what you feel you would bring to the company.

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