People often think that “not having the necessary qualifications” is the reason they're rejected for a job. The truth is, even before the company invites you for an interview, you’re already being evaluated whether you’re fit for the company or not.
It’s not always about “who’s the most qualified candidate”. Hiring managers also consider an applicant’s ability to adapt, as well as their willingness to do the job. This means even if you’re perfectly qualified for the job, they still won’t offer you the job if they see that your values are the opposite of what the company practices.
Even if you did get the job, the company don’t expect you to know everything right away. You’ll be working under a supervisor who will be guiding you throughout your entry period. Thus, what the company really wants to know is how amenable you’re going to be to work for them. But before you get to that part, you’ll have to convince them that you can do the job and that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish your tasks through your cover letter.
Here are things that you should include in your cover letter:
1. The right keywords
It’s not enough to simply say that you’re good at working in groups. You should write in detail the skills that make you good at working with groups.
Use words that are relevant to the industry that you’re applying for. This will entail knowledge about your field of work and is a sign that you will be a reliable employee.
Use adjectives when writing your resume. Doing so will tell the employer more about yourself. This is where the hiring representatives will decide if you will be a good fit for the company. This will give them a glimpse if you’re going to fit in with the other members of the company.
You should also include active verbs in your cover letter. Words, like managed, analyzed, and achieved, are sure-fire words that will make an employer want to check your resume, and possibly call you in for an interview.
2. Say your name and contact information
The company is looking to see who you are and how you’re going to fit into their organization. You should be able to tell them who you are, as well as give them your contact information that they can use if ever they decide to call you in for an interview.
3. State the reason why you wish to work with them
They’ll probably ask you this again if you get called for the interview. But even before you’re questioned for the actual interview, it will be nice to tell them what it is about the job post that attracted you and persuaded you to apply in their company.
It will also do you well if you state some facts about their company that convinced you that working with them is a good idea. This will entail that you’re already doing your homework even before you’re invited for an interview. This is what your prospective employer wants: to know that you’re willing to work with them.
4. Your education
Now that you’ve covered everything about yourself: why you want the job, how you can do the job, and how you can fit in, it’s time to back them up.
Write in your cover letter what degree you have, as well as what school you graduated from. You should also include the date, or at the very least, the year you graduated.
Since the company is looking if they can hire you, they’d want to know if you’re an entry level or an experienced applicant. Telling them this will entail that you are being honest.
5. Your job experiences
After you tell your prospective employer about your educational background, the next thing he’d want to know is if you have the necessary experience to be able to handle the tasks that will be given to you.
You should start with your recent job. Tell him what you did in your last job. Provide a detailed description of what your previous job was like. You should also let him know what you consider were the challenges that came with your job, and how you were to surpass them. Most importantly, tell them why you quit. But take care not to say something negative about your previous employer as it will cast doubt that you will be a good employee to them.
If you’re a newly-graduate, then tell your future employer what and where you did your internship. Tell him about your performance. If you are entry-level it’s alright to tell your story in detail since it’s understandable that you don’t have any other experience.
Being able to give him a good glimpse of your internship will entail that you are indeed interested in getting the job and that you don’t let simple things like “lack of experience” to get in the way of getting your first job.
6. Closing remarks
Before you sign in your name, be sure to adjourn your letter by telling him that you think you’re a good fit for their organization and that you’re excited to receive a response from him regarding your job application.
To wrap it up, a good cover letter should focus on what the management wants in an employee. Since the company is looking to hire someone, you can conclude that they would want to know who you are and why you think you can do the job. With that, make sure that your cover letter contains specific words that will tell them a great deal about how well you can work for their company.
They’d also want to know how interested you are in their company. Show your prospective employer that you’re enthusiastic to join his team by complementing some aspects of the company.
Tell the employer that you’re qualified by telling him about some of your job experiences. Highlight events that say that you’re a reliable and honest worker.
Back up your claim by stating your degree, along with the university you graduated from.
Herbert is a creative writer at Great Paper. He values the importance of family towards his craft, and travels to give his writing a fresher perspective. He is fond of hiking, biking, and engaging in extreme sports.
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