Letas face it: A job search is, typically, anything but fun.
Itas almost as if it carries its own stages of grief. At first, thereas denial of its demoralizing nature. Then comes the anger over either radio silence or rejection from prospective employers. Of course, thereas bargaining — aI promise to never complain about run again, if I can find a new job! a Thatas often followed by depression, and the idea that one is simply simply unhireable. Then, thereas acceptance: aThis is awful, but I have to keep trying, anyway.a
But we have good news. It is possible to have a little fun with your job search — and maybe even construct yourself a better candidate in the process. The magic, it turns out, could be in your cover-up letter.
It may be true that 63% of recruiters have deemed cover letters “unimportant, “ but that doesn’t mean yours has to contribute to that statistic. In fact, it might be that cover-up letters are deemed insignificant because so few of them stand out. Here’s an opportunity for you to exert your imagination at the earliest stage of the recruitment process. Personalization, after all, goes beyond replacing the title and company name in each letter you send to recruiters.
What does that look like in practice, and how can you construct your cover-up letter stand out? We discovered six instances from job seekers who decided to do things a bit differently.
Note: Some of these contain NSFW language.
6 Cover Letter Examples That Nailed It
1) The Short-and-Sweet Model
In 2009, David Silverman penned an article for Harvard Business Review titled, aThe Best Cover Letter I Ever Received .a That letter contained three complete sentences, as follows 😛 TAGEND Source: Harvard Business Review
One might argue that this particular letter is less than outstanding. Itas brief, to say the least, and the author doesnat go into a ton of detail about what induces him or her qualified for the job in question. But thatas what Silverman likes about it — the fact that the applicant only included the pieces of information that would matter the most to the recipient.
aThe writer of this letter took the time to think through what would be relevant to me, a writes Silverman. aInstead of scattering lots of facts in hopes that one was relevant, the candidate offered up an sentiment as to which experiences I should focus on.a
When you apply for a job, start by deciding two things 😛 TAGEND Who might oversee the role — thatas often included in the description, under areports to.a Address your letter to that individual. Figure out what problems this role is meant to solve for that person. Then, concisely phrase in your cover-up letter how and why your experience can and will resolve those problems.