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Write a Cover Letter

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How do you write a cover letter? Don’t worry, we will provide tips on how to write a focused cover letter and supply you with cover letter examples.

A cover letter is expected for all professional job applications and is crucial to finding employment in Canada. In some instances — such as if you are lucky enough to be referred by an employee of a company — a cover letter may not be completely necessary, but it is best to write a targeted cover letter for each job application as it is a means of demonstrating your understanding of the position and how your skills and experience match the requirements.

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Important: Before you begin writing your cover letter, think about this scenario.

Boy likes girl, plucks up the courage to ask her out as he knows her through a common friend. He turns up to the date and talks about himself for most of the time.

Do you think the girl wants to see him again? Not likely. Instead of talking about himself he could have researched the girl’s interests through a common friend and then created conversation on topics that are of interest to the girl.

Applying for a job is the same. We see lots of cover letters and people simply talk incessantly about themselves, which is a turn off to anyone.

Why do this when you want to impress an employer? Put bluntly, the company only cares about solving its business problems and not about your academic records and your “strong work ethic and reliability”.

Take the time to understand the company and talk about how you can help them. That’s how to make a strong first impression and write a successful cover letter.

Generic cover letters that state “I have always wanted to work for {insert company name} . . .” don’t cut it, so differentiate yourself by showing the company you are genuinely interested in them.

Write a Cover Letter:

  • Always attach a cover letter that states your relevant skills and reasons why you are right for the role in question. A cover letter is not all about you. Ensure you spend at least 30 per cent of the document talking about what you know about the company — recent projects, company values, company news. Make the company feel special and they will want to invite you for an interview.
  • Do not repeat all the information from your resume. Focus on showing your potential employers why the skills and experience you have would be a fit for the role in question. Many people tend to list their resume in long paragraphs, but this will not suffice. Zero in on discussing how your skills and experience are suitable to meet each of the specified job requirements. It makes sense to address each requirement in turn, then the company know that you understand the requirements and feel that you meet these requirements.
  • Do your research on the company and demonstrate this in your cover letter to ensure you make a good first impression.
  • Reminder: The two documents — resume and cover letter — need to complement each other, so keep your resume brief and then write a cover letter to pad around the key skills and attributes that the role demands. Ensure you “tick all the boxes” that are outlined in the job description.

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