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Should You Write a Professional cover letter?

Absolutely!

Yes, always write a professional cover letter. If you don’t include one, any chances you might have of securing that dream job will dramatically decrease. But there is one exception! The only time you shouldn’t attach a professional cover letter to your application is if the job advertisement specifically asks you not to.

Employers have to sift through hundreds of applications to find ‘the one'—hence the need for parameters. And if you can't follow the simple instructions set out in the job advertisement, then how likely are you to follow instructions in the workplace?  

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How Do You Write a Professional cover letter for a Resume?

Quick Tips on the Go

Your resume is hot off the press, and you’ve found a job ad that gets your heart pumping. The only thing left to do is whip up a cover letter that will capture a recruiter’s attention and make them want to know more about you. Sounds great, right? But where do you start? The following quick tips will help when writing a professional cover letter.

  • Match the layout to the resume making sure to include current contact details
  • Introduce yourself acknowledging your interest in the role
  • Get to know a little about the company and touch on this briefly in the letter
  • Use bullet points to highlight quickly what you bring to the role
  • Include several relevant skills or qualifications
  • Close well asking them to read your resume
  • Demonstrate your interest in an interview

Click here to view a sample of a cover letterIf you prefer, my course offers a comprehensive study on how to write a professional cover letter and resume.

Oh, and after you've sat through an interview, don't forget to send a post interview thank you letter—it will set you apart from the pack.

considering hiring a professional?

If the process of writing your own professional cover letter and resume feels a little daunting, you may consider hiring a professional. But what is involved? 

More than you might think:

  • Firstly, the resume writer must invest the time to gather relevant information from you. Think about the detail required - a consolidated summary of your professional experience, your skills, your attributes, your capabilities, and your education. While it takes time, sharing as much detail as possible from the beginning ensures your resume is a true reflection of what you bring to a new role. You’re worth it!
  • There is also a lot of effort spent in compiling a truly compelling resume that will capture the attention of potential employers or recruiters. It is a competitive market out there, so you need to make sure you are set up for success.
  • To ensure the resume is a standout a first draft, a second, and probably a third are produced, each time ensuring relevant keywords from the job description are included. 
  • Once the document has taken shape in terms of content, your resume writer will also undertake extensive formatting. Colour, layout, style, font, tables, accents. When it comes to a truly exceptional resume, there is a lot to consider.
  • Your resume writer will proofread their work over and over. Any minor formatting, grammar or spelling mistakes could prevent that all-important first interview, so a great resume writer will take extensive time ensuring it is mistake-free.  
  • Finally, the resume writer will share a final draft with you so any last-minute changes or corrections can be made based on your feedback. 

There is a huge amount of time and effort involved in writing a great resume, so it makes sense to hire a professional resume writer.

Contact me via email to discuss your needs or return to the homepage for more information.

 

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