A short, well-crafted cover letter can be the difference between getting noticed or getting passed over for a job.
You may think cover letters are no longer necessary. But I can tell you that they still matter. We receive thousands of emails every month from job seekers applying for open positions at Aha! — the best intro emails follow a simple framework and inspire us to learn more about the candidate.
The following describes the best cover letters that this CEO loves to read:
Simple to read
We are all busy people — both applicants and hiring managers. Make it easy to quickly scan your email. Use bullet points and keep paragraphs to a few sentences.
Share why you are interested in the position and drop in a few details to show that you did your homework. If you can personalize the email with the hiring manager's name, all the better.
Outline what qualifies you for the job. Mention your current position and the name of the company you work for. Briefly list relevant education or special training, especially if the employer is looking for candidates who have a particular degree or skill set.
Link to work
Be sure to link to your LinkedIn profile. Do you have an online portfolio with work samples as well? You will make the hiring manager's job a whole lot easier by supplying the examples of your work that they need.
This is a big one. Choose the resume format that the company prefers. At Aha! we prefer PDFs — because we actually review each resume. (Remember that if we are not connected, I can not see your entire LinkedIn profile.)
Showing that you are considerate and researched how the company would like you to share your background is important.