Okay, so your about to email across a copy of your resume and cover letter to a prospective employer, but decide first that you want to tailor your cover letter to make it more personalised.
So how long should your cover letter be?
Generally speaking, taking into consideration and respect for the reader’s time and attention (remember that a recruiter would most likely have hundreds of resumes to read through) it makes sense then to keep the letter short, brief and specific to the role your applying for, taking into account what they are asking for and what kind of experience you have that matches with what they are looking for.
I usually stick to a one page cover letter – with fair margins and a font size of 11.
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Most job applications these days request for a cover letter as part of your application. It is almost now the appropriate thing to do when applying. The resume outlines the candidate’s skills and experience; then the cover letter takes the next step further to be tailored and directed towards a particular position. It’s a way for the candidate to approach the employer and explain why they want the job and what they can bring specifically to that role.
However, in saying that, some recruiters and a few employers may feel that a cover letter involves too much reading and because they are too busy and have too many applications to read through, so they scan through the resume and look for keywords.
Now that may be true. But without surveying hundreds if not thousands of employers and recruiters, at this stage, it is only a generalisation.
A cover letter nicely complements the resume because the resume may not be tailored for a particular company and what they specifically require from a candidate. Every company and organisation is going to be different. Their needs and requirements although similar for a role will still vary.
So given this, a cover letter is still suggested to be attached as part of an application.
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More often than not, when we are searching for jobs that we want to apply for, there is more than one job that captures our attention and motivates us to want to put forward our application.
A challenge that many people face when looking for work is finding the energy and patience to tailor an application letter for each and every job. So, many forego the task of personalising their cover letter and just write up a standard, generic type letter and send it out to all the different kind of jobs they submit their resume for.
The positive side of this (Now I am scraping to find something positive from doing this) is that you can apply for more jobs more quickly in less span of time. The downside of sending out a generic cover letter is that the document may not capture the essence of what the employer is asking for. Nor will it demonstrate to the employer that you as the candidate would particularly like to work for their company/organisation and what you can bring to the role specifically for what they are asking for.
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