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3 Steps to Writing a Killer Cover Letter

CoverLetterTemplate_BossStyle9to5You’ve found the job that you really want! Now it’s time pursue it and make a good impression. Making a good impression starts with a cover letter that will knock them dead and get you hired!

Of course, you don’t actually want to kill someone here, but what you can do is “tell” them that you’re perfect for the job, you are super-likable and that you’ll be a great fit for the company.

This is something a future employer can easily grasp from a cover letter. And here is how it’s done!

Step #1: Leave a Good First Impression

Details, details, details meaning fonts, organization, page layout and all the details that make a professionally written cover letter. A cover letter is extremely important, especially if you want to stand out against the individuals that take the initiative to submit one. If you want the job really bad, you need to tackle it as a pro from start to finish. The first step is to comply with the standard format of a professional cover letter, the heading and the body of the text (that should be no longer than 3 paragraphs) and salutation. Make sure your tone is respectful and be sure to exhibit passion. As the saying goes, you don’t get a second chance to make a good impression. So make sure you leave a good one!

Step #2: Write from a Place of Knowing

In your cover letter you should never sound cocky, but you should sound confident. Cockiness comes from a place of disbelief that you deserve the job and the need to impress, while confidence comes from a place of knowing that you are a perfect fit. When you write from the standpoint of knowing you are the best candidate for the job, your cover letter will sound like you are “the woman”! So, before you get started create a mindset of success. Recite a few affirmations, empower yourself, visualize that the job is yours, and write from a place of worthiness. Why not use the law of attraction and ask the universe to work its magic for you? You have to visualize your desire to attract your desire!

Step #3: Avoid Clichés

Avoid using clichés and over-used phrases. There is no need to say, “I’m a hard worker.” If you’re a hard worker, it should be evident from indicators such as getting promoted, increasing sales and receiving awards. When reading your cover letter, HR managers want to grasp a bit of you, of who you are and not some used-up redundant phrases that you hide behind. Instead, focus on skills, be specific about your accomplishments and mention only those that are desired for the position in which you’re applying for. Be yourself and of course, don’t forget to tell them what you can do for them and the value you will bring to their company.

That’s it!  Now you’re ready to kill it!

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