Uncovering the mystery of a Good Cover Letter

What does your cover letter say about you?

What does your cover letter say about you?

The secret to writing a good cover letter…it should be customized to each employment posting! The tailored cover letter is the first formal document the employer reads about you.

Uncovering the Mystery:

  • Does your cover letter capture the employer’s interest/attention?
  • Does it connect you to the position?
  • Does it emphasize that you are a perfect fit for the position?
  • Does it convey that you have knowledge about the company?
  • Is it professional in tone and appearance?
  • Have you made a great first impression?
  • Have you included your branding?
  • Is the letter head consistent with what you used on your resume and reference sheet?
  • Is it free of errors?
  • Did you address the cover letter to a specific person?  (and quote the job number)
  • Is it one page in length? (clear and concise)
  • Did you use high-impact accomplishment statements?
  • Did you have a friend or colleague review it?

If you take the time to develop a tailored cover letter which is professional, visually attractive, easy to read and has a good balance you have completed the first step in the process to land yourself an interview with the company you are applying for. Next step for you is a customized…..Resume!

Melanie Graham is a Continuing Education Student currently studying within the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College. MCACES offers a comprehensive Employment Advisement program for our students. For more information about Employment Advisement, please visit the MCACES website, www.mcaces.ca or contact Lidia Siino, Employment & Communications Specialist at Lidia.siino@mohawkcollege.ca.

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