A cover letter of excellence can make a difference
The cover letter is a document of excellence to open the door to future jobs. Sometimes it is worth more than the curriculum itself and has a lot of impact when selecting candidates. It is best not to take risks and prepare your cover letter as best you can to make a good impression.
Follow our tips and if you need help, please contact us through the means available on our site. In a short time you will have your letter ready to send to any site.
Format and write cover letter
Let’s see the steps to take to make the letter of excellence. Each step will be explored so that you can understand and put into action what is said. We will follow the following topics:
Page Formatting (Alignment, Margins, Sources)
Formatting for candidate tracking systems (ATS)
This is a very simple, written guide so that you can follow it in a practical way. As side effects of a letter of excellence, get ready as it will begin to be called for more interviews.
The purpose of the cover letter is to get you to interview the person responsible for the job you are applying for. It is a formal and very specific presentation, so every time you submit your resume you must tailor your speech. So in your letter, you have to:
Introduce yourself to the hiring manager.
Argue why you are the right candidate for that place.
Fill in the information gaps in your resume that may be relevant to this job.
Explain other relevant aspects of your resume.
By speaking these 4 aspects, your letter can be a compelling and powerful companion to a well-written curriculum. And it can often even be more important than the curriculum. It shows your essence, more than your abilities.
Content Formatting Guide: 4 Simple Steps
1. Contact information
This step shows that you are available and that, above all else, you are writing specifically for that person, showing your real interest in that particular job. For this you just have to submit your contacts and the contacts of the employer or the company to which you are applying.
Be smart and look for information on who will hire you. It is with this person that you need to gain empathy.
Put yourself in the skin of the hiring manager for a second. Would you like to be approached as “Sir or Dona?” or “Dr. or Dr.? “or” To whom may it concern? “
The first example seems catapult you into the eighteenth century. But the latter denotes an annoying globalization that makes everything else stop having the impact you wish it had.
You can easily avoid these problems by doing your research. Look through the company’s website, LinkedIn, or even call the company to ask for the hiring manager’s name. Even if you make a mistake, it still seems like you made an effort. And this is very important.
The first paragraph should have a well-defined structure. The first sentence is for you to identify the job you are applying for. It is also necessary to say how you had knowledge of the vacancy or if it is a spontaneous candidacy. The rest of this paragraph should be presented briefly, providing basic information about yourself, including: degree, area of study / expertise and your career goals, talking about how they align with your company goals.
3. Sell yourself
The second paragraph should respond directly to the job description written by the hiring manager. Describe how your previous work experiences, skills and competencies will enable you to meet the needs of the company. To make this easier, you can (and should) literally include words and phrases from the job description in your letter for your presentation.
Go even further. For this you need to do some research on the company, and try to find out what they are doing – and why – given the current state of their market performance. In a third paragraph, explain how you can fit into this scheme, and help leverage the business forward and achieve all the goals you suspect you may have.
The final paragraph is dubbed “Call to Action.” Tell them you would like to be interviewed. Tell them that you will contact them within a week if you have not contacted them before. Thank them for spending their time reading your letter.
Letter format: 4 Simple steps
In addition to the content on the page, the actual appearance of the document is also an important aspect of your letter. Elements such as margins, font size and style, and alignment reflect the overall impression you want to pass on to the hiring manager.
Here are some quick tips so you can later build your style and rake your cards. Once again we point out. Take the time to follow our tips if you are really interested in finding the ideal job. They are powerful and you have to have time to go to the interviews. Well, returning to formatting, follow the tips:
The letter should where possible be only one page and you can always change the formatting so that everything fits on this page, but be careful that it is not too condensed and heavy for the view. Elegance and simpler formatting can be determining factors
The margins should be 1.5 cm from the edge. If necessary, decrease slightly, but never less than 1.2 cm.
The font size should be 12pt. If it sounds too big for the text, it’s better to choose to change the style than to decrease the size.
The choice of style is always up to the author, but do not choose for yourself, know the company and see which would be the most appropriate. Use a single style throughout the document. Usually the most used styles are Arial and Times New Roman. Remembering that different styles have different sizes.
As for alignment, it’s all about aesthetics. So much recommendations exist for everything to be left aligned, as some recommendations suggest the justified. Print and then ask someone to come and see you. Sometimes it’s worth more honest opinion than a rule.
Keyword analysis system can be used for candidate selection
Robotic chart and curriculum analysis systems are currently in the market to help the hiring officer select the candidates. Effectively what this system does is to search for certain keywords that are previously provided so that only those candidates move on to the next phase. The candidate tracking systems are designed primarily to read resumes by researching keywords and key phrases to determine statistically whether you should move to the next stage. But some software can already read the letters that the candidates use to present themselves and thus exclude some candidates at that stage. You may want to be aware of this, and if you reread our article you will understand now why we suggest you use the words of the job posting yourself on your resume. Now it should already make more sense to introduce the employer’s contacts in the beginning, right?
But do you read the cover letters?
Yes, someone will read them. Now the way they will read depends a lot on who is ahead of the hiring. When the number of candidates is too large, there must be pre-selection. One way we mentioned above, by researching the key words by specific software. Another way might be the letter for your presentation. Sometimes it is enough to look at some of them and to exclude some. It is easier to read them than to read the curriculum, hence we are focusing so much on the excellence of the letter. Often worth more than resumes. Focus much on appearance and then even more on your content. Be objective and involve the person who will read your letter so that when you write at the end that is available for the interview, the reader will immediately pick up the phone and call you. There is no way to fill that vacancy with anyone else because the ideal person for that job is you.
Well, we understand that you really might need our help. Yes, we have experience and work focused on success, so by helping you in your letter, we will be opening doors for your success as well. Contact us and tell us what type of help you need. Do you want to draw the first letter and are you afraid? Do you have many letters to send and do you need support to write them? Or does your need go through formatting? Whatever your situation, we can help.