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August 28, 2022

A brief reminder for when writing a cover letter

Writing a cover letter doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task. Just remember these six things, and you’re good to go! 

Address the hiring manager by name

Try to address the hiring manager by name. If you don’t know their name, you can always call the company to ask. It takes little to no effort to make the call, but it can have a significant impact.

Keep it short en simple

A cover letter should be short and easy to read. Don’t use fancy words that you don’t know the meaning of. Chances are the hiring manager doesn’t know the meaning either or isn’t impressed by it. And if the hiring manager needs to look words up, it costs them more time than necessary. If that’s the case, you can almost wave your chance of getting an invitation goodbye. 

Put in effort

A cover letter isn’t always obligatory. But this doesn’t mean that you don’t have to make an effort when you’re sending one in. If you don’t put any effort into writing your cover letter, the hiring manager will notice it, which will hurt your chances of being invited for a job interview.

Make your intentions clear

You are writing the cover letter with the intention for the hiring manager to invite you for a job interview. Therefore you should simply ask. Package it nicely and in a professional manner, but make sure that you make it clear that you’re ready and willing to get invited for a job interview. 

Don’t just fill up the page

Don’t write a cover letter with a bunch of fillers. Make sure that every sentence has a purpose. And if you don’t have more to say, you’re finished. No need to add fillers as they only distract from the actual message.

Explain why you add value

The cover letter must state why you would add value to the position. Yes, that may be evident from your CV, but here you have the chance to elaborate a bit more. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself and make clear what you bring to the table.


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