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The Power of Personalization in Your Cover Letter

Crafting a cover letter that stands out in a sea of applicants requires more than summarizing your resume. It involves personalizing each letter to reflect your understanding of and fit for the specific role and company you are applying to. This part four article of my seven-part cover letter series will walk you through the essential steps of tailoring your cover letter, using the appropriate tone and language, and moving beyond generic templates to create a compelling and unique application.

Understanding the Unique Requirements of Each Role

Every job and company is different; your cover letter should reflect this. Start by thoroughly reading the job description and researching the company. Identify key skills, experiences, and qualities they seek, and think about how your background aligns with them. Mention specific aspects of the company or role that excite you, showing that you have done your homework and are genuinely interested in this opportunity.

Reflecting the Company’s Culture and Values

In addition to job-specific requirements, consider the company's culture and values. Use language and examples in your cover letter that resonate with the company’s ethos. For instance, if the company emphasizes innovation, highlight your creative problem-solving skills. If they value community involvement, discuss your relevant volunteer experiences.

Striking a Balance Between Professional and Personal

The tone of your cover letter should be professional yet approachable. While it’s important to maintain a level of formality, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. Use a conversational style that reflects your natural way of speaking. Avoid overly complex or technical language unless it’s relevant to the role.

Consider the industry norms when deciding on the language and tone. For example, a cover letter for a creative position in a startup can be more informal and innovative, while one for a corporate law firm should be more formal and structured.

Crafting an Original Opening and Closing

Avoid overused phrases like “I am writing to apply for” or “Please find my resume attached.” Instead, start with something more engaging and specific to the role or company. Similarly, close your letter with a compelling call to action or a thoughtful comment about the company or role rather than a generic “Thank you for your consideration.”

While having a basic template is okay, ensure that each cover letter is significantly customized. This includes changing the company and role names and tailoring the content to reflect how you are an ideal fit for this specific position.

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Personalizing your cover letter can be the difference between being overlooked and getting an interview. By tailoring each letter, using the right tone and language, and avoiding generic content, you're not just applying for a job but presenting a compelling case for why you are the perfect fit.

Watch for part five of my seven-part cover letter series, Common Mistakes to Avoid

Lee Gamelin, Job Search Training and Development Specialist

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