In this guide, we'll look at what a cover letter should look like. Cover letters come in all kinds of variations, because people have different writing styles, and learn how to write cover letters from different places. The sample we show you in this article should help you with an idea of how to write your own cover letter.
Cover Letter Template
Mistakes to Avoid Making Your Cover Letter Look Like a Professional One
In this section of our guide, we'll be covering a few common mistakes that are made in cover letters and how to correct them.
- Grammar and spelling errors. These are the most common mistakes that are made in cover letters. A cover letter with errors in it is not what a cover letter looks like when you're applying for a professional position. Take a moment to check over your cover letter once you've written it or get yourself better grammar-checking software.
- Sending a generic cover letter. Employers can tell when you're using a cover letter template or sending them a generic cover letter that you could send to apply for any job position. Employers know what a cover letter should look like, and they won't be fooled.
- Getting the manager's name wrong. It's easy to call up a company and ask for the manager's name so that you can properly send your job application. If you're doubtful of what the manager's name is, or how to spell it, you can either call or look on their website
- Using a greeting that is outdated. The absolute worst opening salutation you can use on a cover letter is "To Whom It May Concern". There are many alternatives, including using the manager's title, their name, or simply directing the cover letter towards "Sir or Madame".
- Long cover letters. At most, a cover letter should be 500 words or a page long. If you're over that, you may be including far too much information. Considering cutting your letter down.
What Does a Cover Letter Sample Look Like
Below, we've written a good cover letter sample. At the end, we'll explain why this would get the attention of an employer.
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Dear Ms. Bell
Re: Supervisor position
I am writing to express interest in the open Supervisor position at your company, Keys and Kettles. I firmly believe that the skills and the experience that I have gained in my current position as a Retail Team Leader at Boxed Kitchen would make me an ideal candidate for this role.
I have several years of experience in leadership roles, as well as training in leadership skills, team building, and management. I am a confident individual with efficient organisational skills, and an ability to motivate my team members even when business is quiet.
With my positive attitude to work and ability to think outside of the box, I can quickly complete any tasks I am given; no matter how time consuming or challenging. I am known to frequently exceed what is expected of me, and I perform well under pressure.
I feel this role with Keys and Kettles. would allow me to grow further as a leader and expand on my skills. I'd like to keep climbing up this career path I've set myself on, while benefitting your company along the way. I am willing to tackle any training you deem necessary head-on from the start of my contract, and I would love to speak to you about some ideas I have on team efficiency.
I hope to hear from you soon to discuss my application further.
In this cover letter, there are several elements that would catch the attention of a potential employer:
- The formatting, which is clean and concise.
- The use of the employer's name, which requires research to find, as it's not often on the job advert.
- The expression of interest, written in a professional way.
- The relation between the applicant's current job role and the one they're applying for.
- The applicant's experience and skill highlights, which fit nicely with the job they're applying for.
- The way the applicant points out that they want to help the company by being employed with them, rather than elsewhere. This shows a clear interest in the position.
- The call for action, asking for the employer to consider conversing with them about the position.
- The sign-off, which wishes the employer a good day, and would use the applicant's full name.
These points all makeup what a cover letter should look like. Cover letters are clear, to the point, reader-friendly documents that highlight your strengths and show your professionalism and drive for the job. Nothing more, nothing less.
How to Edit the Cover Letter Template
Interested in the beautiful PDF cover letter in this page? Just free download it and turn it into your own unique cover letter by editing the contents. In this process, you may need a professional PDF editor, Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor, to help you edit and customize the contents in this templates.