1. To write or not to write? That is the question.

Sending a Cover Letter is always a great thought in theory, however, if a company description does not ask for one, do not send it. Many companies are busy putting Resumes through ATS systems to weed out the candidates who did not tailor the Cover Letters and Resumes.

Tailoring a Cover Letter shows you care about that specific job and gives a professional snapshot of who you are.

Only send a Cover Letter when the company specifically asks for one. There are job descriptions that will specifically say NO Cover Letters. Please be mindful of the company’s time.

On the flipside, some companies will want a Cover Letter with specific guidelines. Always follow the directions the company provides. Again, please be mindful of the company’s time. The company is already testing you if they ask for specific documentation. If you can’t do a simple thing like write a Cover Letter, how can you take instructions if they hire you?

2. Format

The Cover Letter should have the same format as your resume. For instance, the header should be the same, the font should be the same, and the tone should be the same. This not only shows professionalism, but it shows you are consistent.

3. Cover Letter Salutations

The cover letter should have a date, the company address, and be addressed to someone in the company. It is always better to find out where the Cover Letter is going. But, if you can’t, Hiring Management is sufficient.

4. Enclosure

Once you write the closing salutations, under your name, put the following:

enclosure: resume

Explicitly, state what documents will follow the Cover Letter such as Resume, Transcripts, and Certificates. This helps the company know what to expect.

Another example would be

enclosure: resume, certificates.

5. Length

A Cover Letter should be no more than one page. Cover Letters are a brief snapshot of your relevant experience, not your whole career.

Autor and source of this article: Tina Marie Gonzales, MBA | MISM – https://medium.com/tinamgonzales44/5-cover-letter-tips-3fe2f9fcc1a7

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