I’ve been helping people sell their skills so they can turn their expertise into gold.
I stumbled upon a lot of people who are struggling to write their cover letters.
Why is it so hard to write a cover letter 😩
— Kirstin Gillespie (@kirsting_) September 24, 2017
Maybe this is happening to you too.
The struggle is so real that some of you end up writing stuff like this:
Best cover letter yet: ‘Application for a vacancy in ure firm for me to grow up. Thanks for’ 😳 #nowords
— Claire (@Clur85) September 26, 2017
The goal of this article is not only telling you why you’re struggling to write your cover letter but also what you can do about it.
1. You don’t know what to write
Job interview: Please tell us why you’d love to work for us? ME: I need money 🙂
— Ratna Dewani (@ratnadewani) September 25, 2017
You should start by focusing on knowing as much as you can about the company that you’re applying for a job. You should also know as much as possible about the job itself, their expectations and the challenges behind the reason why they need to hire someone.
You should focus on showing them how you help with with your skills and expertise.
2. You hate to write
I literally hate writing cover letter.
— JoujF (@JoudiF) September 26, 2017
A way around this issue is to print a QR code on your cover letter and make that QR code link to a video where you show up talking about who you are and how you can help them win.
3. You hate to write about yourself
I can pump out a 90 minute script before I can pump ONE cover letter
talking about myself formally gives me the chills
— Martha Rivera-Mijes (@themayanone) September 18, 2017
Here’s the good news – a great cover letter is less about yourself and more about the hiring company and how you’re able to help them solve their problems and achieve their goals.
Here’s a great example of a special kind of “cover letter” that captures the attention of the reader by doing something unexpected by playing with their curiosity:
— Bruno Coelho (@iambrunocoelho) September 23, 2017
4. You think you need to lie about yourself.
recent google searches include “how to write a cover letter” and “how to lie on a resume”
— km (@sapphothot) April 1, 2017
This is a BIG mistake.
Even if it works, how long do you think it’s going to take for them to notice that you can’t actually do the job?
Instead of lying, you should skill up! Take a course. Become an apprentice of someone who really knows what they’re doing. Do something that could allow you to show some results that you could then point to. Build a body of work. Create a portfolio.
Do something so you don’t need to lie.
5. You don’t think it matters anymore
The cover letter is so archaic. Nobody has time to read cover letters. I know they don’t read them. I hate writing them knowing that
— tori (@ToriUptown) July 19, 2017
You’re wrong. Here’s why – most people are in fact not sending cover letters anymore. And the ones who do send a cover letter, don’t know what they’re doing. THIS is your golden opportunity to immediately stand out from your competition.
Do people honestly read a full page cover letter?
— ṅefertibee (@michele_kang) September 22, 2017
Well, people will read your cover letter IF it’s REALLY good and each phrase makes you want to read the next one. As a general goal, 4 paragraphs should be enough.
Here’s the bottom-line: if you look at the numbers, you’ll see that writing a cover letter is a great way for you to increase your chances to be noticed.
Out of the 50 applications I received, four bothered to write a covering letter, three which were actually tailored.
— Claire (@Clur85) September 27, 2017
Writing a great cover letter that really shows that you did your homework and that you’re genuinely excited about the opportunity… MATTERS!
— Stephanie Hurlburt (@sehurlburt) September 28, 2017
BONUS – You think you’re lazy
Im so lazy to write another cover letter lol i just wanna get out of there
— gーdraggin’ (@lh3e) September 25, 2017
Laziness is just a symptom of not knowing something or that you simply don’t care about that job anyway.
Sometimes we end up delaying making a decision or doing something (like writing a cover letter) because we just don’t know what to do!
I can help you!
You don’t need to do this alone.
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