It’s important to make your cover letter stand out as being unique and that it engages your hopefully future employer. If it’s not interesting or enjoyable to read, it quite simply won’t be read. Most important when writing your cover letter is trying to replace yourself in the shoes of the company. Why are they hiring and what are they looking for? If you were responsible for picking out candidates what would you be looking for? Remember, a lot of companies receive hundreds of email per day and they only look at the first couple of sentences and scan your CV. So make sure it’s perfect!
Take a look at some phrases you should be avoiding.
‘I’m a hard worker’
Confession: An employer prefers to make their own judgement based on what’s on your CV and how you come across in an interview. Don’t just write the words down show them evidence. Such as getting promoted in your current role, exceeding targets and winning award or having your own successful blog next to your full time job.
“I am such a huge fan of your company”
Be careful not to make yourself sound desperate. Employees want to see your enthusiasm, but they want to see it through other means rather than just being told. Complementing the company and telling them how much of a fan a job seeker is would not make him or her any good or gain advantage when applying for the job. Thus, it is better not to include statements as such.
‘I’m a problem solver’
Avoid the phrase ‘I’m a problem solver’ altogether and go straight into the evidence. Tell them why you are a problem solver show evidence and this goes for all statements you make in your evidence.
‘I’m a young female’
Unless necessary, there is no need to include one’s age, marital status, religion, race, height and weight, and others. Employment in a company should never be based on these pieces of information.
Try to be very careful not to try and be something you are not. Write you cover letter with the view to avoiding any vague or wooly terms that don’t have a real meaning.[show_lookbook_widget id=”223891″]