These tidbits about cover letters were shared with me today by a hiring manager – they may not always be true, but the information is good food for thought. His musings:
- He rarely reads the cover letter, but it is the first item he sees about a candidate so the document does form an impression.
- Long letters are a negative, and rarely read. Long cover letters translate into the inability to concisely convey one’s thoughts. In the corporate word – clear and concise are two rules of good writing.
- A “form” letter is a big negative. Use your resume heading as a heading for your cover letter – don’t look like a generic offering. Make a positive statement with the look rather than blending in with the rest of the letters.
- General statements make him stop reading. “Strong organizational abilities” (blah) – be specific and relate it to the job…and provide a quick example to prove your claim.
Thought I would share. As more employers come to campus to interview students, I will try to tap them for advice that can be shared.