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By: Lindsay McKayPublished On: March 14, 2022
Looking online you may think there is a big debate about whether cover letters are still important or whether they are a thing of the past. I am here to tell you there are still extremely important and many hiring managers will toss your application if it does not include a personalized cover letter. Job applications can include a resume, cover letter, salary expectations, credentials, and whatever else the posting has asked for. It is key to carefully read the entire posting as it could ask for something specific to weed out people batch applying to jobs. For example, somewhere in the post it may say to include a specific phrase in the cover letter that has nothing to do with the job – paying attention to details is essential in many roles and you want to pass the first hurdle.
First, what is the purpose of a cover letter? The cover letter is your time to make a positive first impression on the hiring manager, it gives you the space to expand on your capabilities, skills, and accomplishments. As well as why you would be a good fit for the role and how you would be an asset to the company. Each cover letter should be personalized as you will be researching the company to learn about their values, company culture, and how they present themselves online. Key details to include in your cover letter include:
It is important to note that this is a letter and should be formatted as such which means it will include:
While there are many templates and cover letter builders, it is extremely beneficial if you develop the skills to write your own customized cover letter. It takes time, effort, and research to write one and that should be something done by you not an algorithm.
The more cover letters you write, the better you will become at writing them. While you want an error free cover letter do not stress out if you notice errors after you sent it. If the content is high quality and what they are looking for, they may overlook a silly error. You can do this!
If you are a current student or past student of Ashton College, you can get your cover letter looked over by the Student Success Coordinator, it is always beneficial to get your resume looked over by multiple people.
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