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How long should a cover letter be?

The cover letter is the new flash in the pan of recruiters. In most cases, when someone is applying for a job, he or she is in the dilemma that whether he/she should write a cover letter or not. Well, yes you should definitely write a cover letter when you apply for a job. A good cover letter will empower your resume and helps to stand out of the crowd. They are considered as most important part of the job application. The placement consultancy in India uses unique styles of writing cover letter.

A cover letter is the first description about you before your resume. The writing guru Alexander has suggested a new method of writing a cover letter. He once said, “Pretend that the person you’re writing to already loves and respects you. Pretend that the person you’re writing to already believes that you’re worthy and valuable. Pretend that the person you’re writing to doesn’t need a big sales pitch.”

The cardinal rule of writing a good cover letter is to tell everything in just a few sentences. But cover letters are not easy to crack, let’s take a look at the following Cover Letter tips:

1.Don’t boast yourself: Don’t use the word like you were the in charge, vice-president or head of the so-called department, instead use sentences like that you were handling the work of the entire department. Never start the cover letter by using your name, you should talk about what you are bringing to the organization.


2.Frame your skills: The cover should tell about your core competencies. You should be able to explain that how hiring you can create a dramatic shift in the growth of the organization. Don't forget to give a glimpse of your educational background and the specialisations you hold. 


3.Tell you a story: The storytelling is a great tool to create limelight for yourselves. It should connect with your professional background. It will help to reach the heart, mind, and soul of the manager because everyone loves to listen to the story.


4.Be real, be honest: It doesn’t mean you have to become philosophical for attaining the job. You should mean what you are telling about yourself.  Use professional language, words and style in the cover letter. 


5.Use KISS method: The kiss method is ‘Keep It short & simple. A good cover letter should not include long sentences or essay-like impression. The managers have less attention span, which means you have less time to introduce yourself. Use keywords like communicating, built, boosted, handled, mastered etc.


6.Edit: The professionals hold a sharp eye to catch the mistakes in the cover letter instantly; a wrong English cover letter can create a casual impression amongst recruiters. Write the correct name of the company and recruiter. There are various tools available online to check typos and grammatical error. Before sending the cover letter, read it thoroughly and loud.

The cover letter should conclude with a call to action and you are someone who can take the heat. It should not appear as vague or boring.  A cover letter becomes the proof that you are really excited about joining the organization. Be memorable. Be active. Be colourful. Be generous.