Is Your Cover Letter Wonderful or Woeful?
All of our cover letters could use some polishing—sometimes a lot of polishing. Cover letters often get left until the last minute, then hobbled together. That can be a fatal mistake. Melissa Dalgleish does a superb job of breaking down what makes a cover letter sink or soar. One of her most insightful comments:
“Tone is as important as content. Do you know what the primary purpose of a cover letter is? It's not actually to dazzle a hiring manager with your perfectly related experience. (Your résumé will serve that purpose.) It's to convince the employer that you're a real, human person who cares about this job, understands where your skills and experience could make a difference, and wants to contribute to the shared aims of the team.”