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Have you been putting off writing a great cover letter for a job that you want to apply to? Writing cover letters can be nerve-wracking because you know that this letter is your best chance to make a positive impression and convince a hiring manager to consider you as a viable candidate. It can also be hard to know how to talk about yourself and what kind of information is most likely to catch a hiring manager’s eye.

The good news is, you don’t have to continue to put off the process of writing a cover letter.  These tips can help you to sit down and write a great letter today that is sure to impress any hiring manager.

Grab their attention with an opening that matches the job description

It’s important that your letter is written in a way that shows you have the soft skills and hard skills needed to excel at the job. Your letter should reflect the company culture and should demonstrate immediately that you have each of the criteria listed in the job ad. Don’t send a generic letter that isn’t tailored to the position, and don’t make the hiring manager far down into the letter to see if you’re the person they are looking for. Start strong by telling them right off the bat that you are the dream candidate who matches the job description they’ve created. Hiring managers and recruiters read a lot cover letters per day. You have a limited amount of time to grab their attention. Make it count!

Quickly show how you will solve the company’s problems

The company is hiring someone to fill a need. The more clearly and succinctly you can show you are able to fulfill that need, the more likely it is that your application will be noticed. Read the job posting carefully to see what the company needs you for, learn as much as you can about the company before writing your letter, and explain early in the cover letter why bringing you on board will allow the company to solve their problem. The goal of your cover letter is to make the hiring company think they are making a mistake by not hiring you.

Entice them to read the rest of the letter because you understand their needs

By tailoring your letter to showcase how you can add value to the organization, you’ll convince the hiring manager to read on and learn a little bit more about you. Show results from your career and how you can make an impact on areas they list in the job posting. Make them want to interview you and learn more about the value you will bring to their company.

Vanguard Staffing can help you to get your cover letter and resume in front of the right people at companies you want to work for. To find out more about how our staffing professionals can help you get your foot in the door at a business looking for someone like you, give us a call today and work with a top staffing agency in NYC.