Typically the most important requirements for the position will be listed first in the job description, or mentioned more than once.
When you don’t meet all of the job requirements, it’s tempting to use lines like, “Despite my limited experience as a manager…” or “While I may not have direct experience in marketing…” But why apologize?
Instead of drawing attention to your weaknesses, emphasize the strengths and transferable skills you do have.
Check out these tips for cutting down your cover letter to a page or less.
It’s tempting to treat the final lines of your cover letter as a throwaway: “I look forward to hearing from you.” But your closing paragraph is your last chance to emphasize your enthusiasm for the company or how you’d be a great fit for the position.
If you need some extra help, you can check out how the wording sounds to others using Hemingway.
Paste in your text, and the app will highlight sentences and sections that are too complex or wordy, use passive voice, or are overloaded with fancy vocabulary when simpler words will do.
Try to identify the company’s pain points—the problem or problems that they need the person they hire to solve.
Then emphasize the skills and experience you have that make you the right person to solve them. Not sure what skills and experiences you should be featuring?
We shouldn’t have to tell you to run your cover letter through spell-check (you should!
), but remember that having your computer scan for typos isn’t the same as editing.