Put the job reference No. and Title in the Subject line
Of course, it is almost never a Snail Mail Letter these days, it’s an email, but the name ‘Cover Letter’ has stuck!
Now, when writing the Cover Letter, just list 2 or 3 things the employer must read – make yours short and punchy…
It’s unlikely that a decision maker will read more than a few words. So, write 2 or 3 bullet points, each very short, and completely tailored to that job.
Three More Powerful Tips…
Where possible, use the same words or phrases the employer used to describe what they wanted in their advertisement or job description. But don’t overdo it, or you’ll just look silly when they read it. This helps you get screened in if they are using an electronic filter, but also your application looks more appropriate when a real person reads it.
Spend time polishing and tightening your email. Try to leave a day between the first and last draft – it will help you to really give it some impact. However, if it is an application to an Agency, wait just an hour between reviews. Agencies are always racing to be first as nearly always they are competing with other agencies – after 3 or 4 days, your resume might be ignored.
Get a friend, partner or colleague to review your covering email and your resume. They’ll spot the subtle mistakes that you can’t see – you are simply too close to it.
Remember, spell check programs used on their own are lethal.
Employers make (valid) assumptions about resumes and cover letters: we all know this document is important, and therefore they assume it’s probably the best you can do. So it won’t get better if they hire you.
Now, if you are going for a service job at Pink Rooster’s Fatty Chicken, poor spelling is not a problem. But if writing emails and reports is a part of the job you want, then even one spelling error means you might miss out.