While your CV is the most important document to your job search success, the cover letter could be the thing that helps seal the deal and get you that all important interview. It is difficult to know how much time a recruiter will actually spend reading it, but, not having a compelling cover letter could mean you are missing out on some great career opportunities.
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A cover letter is really your closing argument says Kate Warren, executive vice president at Devex, who joins us for the third and final webinar of our Job Search Bootcamp series. While your CV or resumé details your experiences and qualifications, a cover letter helps the recruiter get to know you a little better and see how you express yourself. “They are really looking to understand your motivations for the job and the employer — why do you want to work for them, why do you want this job?” says Warren.
Recruiters also want to see that you really understand the position and what is required of you, says Warren. Your cover letter should therefore be mindful of the particular job you are applying for, she explains, and that often means spending a little extra time researching the employer and tailoring your application.
Warren talks through the five ingredients of a standout cover letter, starting with a powerful opening sentence. She also addresses some of the most common challenges of writing cover letters in the age of online applications, such as addressing an unknown hiring manager and getting the tone just right.