Instead of a summarized ramble of your resume (which will be submitted in the same email), see your cover letter as a prime opportunity to show some charisma, curiosity, and intrigue. Make them want to meet you, so you can make them want to hire you.
1. Immediately state something unique about yourself.
Consider throwing in an anecdote, for example, “I have over five years of formal education and experience to combine with my lifetime passion for this industry. Since I was a child getting dressed in the morning has been an expression of creativity, there was never any doubt that fashion was my future."
2. Study the company website.
Take note of something you find genuinely inspiring and express admiration. For example, if you are applying for a job at an architectural firm, you might say “the addition to the Art Gallery your firm designed is especially impressive, the contemporary concept gave it a fresh appeal, while keeping in flow with the original structure” This shows personality, expertise in the field, as well as specific interest in the company.
3. Keep it short.
No more than three paragraphs. Skip the verbosity, use clear and powerful statements, and wrap it up by simply stating – in your own words – how your talents and experience will make you good at the job.
Make sure you proofread carefully.
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Erica Tremblay is a master wordsmith with a dedication to helping people create their success. She writes as she lives: with a fine balance of mathematics and creative expression.