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3 tips to write an exceptional cover letter

May 09, 2014 09:58 IST

3 tips to write an exceptional cover letter

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Courtesy CareerBuilder.in

You'll be amazed to learn how little things in your cover letter can have a huge impact on your prospective employer.

Much before your prospective employer meets you in person, your resume and cover letter has already reached them.

A shoddy resume and a lousy cover letter can spell doom for your career.

If you want to make a remarkable first impression, put in that extra note of enthusiasm in your cover letter, so that the employer understands that you are one person who is genuinely interested in the job.

Here are three smart ways you can do it:

1. Mention why you are specifically interested in the job and the company

The run-of-the-mill answers to why you are interested in a particular organisation which can be copy pasted to other organisations is a strict no-no.

Understand that employers like to be told that they are special and you need to put them at a certain pedestal.

Be different and crisp. They don't have all the time in the world for your e-mail.

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2. Show that you can deliver

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Go through the job description well and gather information about that.

Once that it done, analyse the key areas the company wants to target -- these are usually mentioned at the top or more than once in the job description.

Finally, mention how you are capable enough to deliver these functions.

It is more like saying, "Dude, I'm great. I'm sure I'm" in a professional way.

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3. Give them YOUR story

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Each candidate has their own different story. Unfortunately nobody makes the effort to narrate it.

You don't have to write your life history in your covering letter.

But you must write about how you happen to have a connect with the brand. A cute story truly mesmerises!

Remember to be YOU!

The above points are just a broad framework to work under. The story, the words and the actions are all yours. All the best!

 


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