application, resume and cover letter are the first impression we will have of
your abilities so use this opportunity to wow us. This article provides tips,
tricks and best practices for creating and writing a cover letter.
a cover letter is a lot like story-telling. You are sharing your professional
story; use your cover letter to showcase your personality,
accomplishments and skills that specifically apply to the position.
Below are items to consider when submitting a
your experience – you know yourself and your professional background better
than anyone. We want you to tell us about it. but we do not need to know all
the details. Keep the information you provide relevant to the position you are
applying to and find the balance between providing detail and information
yourself – describe specific stories and examples that illustrate why your
experience and skills exemplify what we are looking for. Sometimes you may even
highlight experience that may not be a direct fit. For example, explain why
your role in retail taught you strong communication skills you can use as a
and grammar are important – this is an introduction so be sure to put your best
foot forward. Check for correct spelling, capitalization, paragraph spacing,
punctuation, and use of words.
the correct organization – we understand candidates are often looking for
multiple positions at a time so it is important to confirm you have addressed
the cover letter appropriately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I
need to submit a cover letter?
Although not a requirement in the application process, a cover letter is a way
to showcase your background and communication style. It can also provide an
explanation of a gap in work history, relocation or change in career or express
long term goals and interests.
long should my cover letter be?
general rule is you should keep your cover letter to three paragraphs. Be
direct and concise so you can quickly communicate that you are right for the
your contact information when submitting your application – have you recently
moved, changed phone numbers or email addresses? Moving forward in the
interview process means we will need to connect with you; if we do not have
accurate contact information, we cannot contact you.
your voicemail and email often – hiring is a time-sensitive process. We want to
be respectful of your time and the Recruitment Teams' time. If we are trying to
connect with you and are unable to leave a message because your voicemail box
is full, it will delay the process. If you don't respond to messages, it will
delay the process and you may lose the opportunity to interview.
the job posting and job description – consider the work schedule, pay scale,
education and skill requirements. If the information posted on the job posting
does not match what you are looking for, perhaps there is another position you
want to consider. Frustration with work schedule and wages can lead to
repeating the job hunt sooner than you'd like because you are dissatisfied with
your job. Similarly, if the job description notes a primary responsibility is
venipuncture and you hate needles, perhaps there is another position that is a
and cover letter templates – an internet search will result in a variety of
templates for these documents. Review and determine which template is the best
for your experience and style.
you got this you know. Your background and experience better than anyone!