Writing a Winning Cover Letter: Tips and Tricks for Securing a Job Interview

A cover letter is a document that is sent alongside your resume or CV when applying for a job. It provides an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and explain why you would be a good fit for the position. A well-written cover letter can make the difference between getting an interview and your application being overlooked. Here are some tips on how to write a good cover letter.

Tailor Your Cover Letter To The Job

Resist the urge to create a generic cover letter for all your applications. Instead, research the company and the role, and use the language from the job description in your letter. This shows that you have a genuine interest in the position and that you understand the requirements.

Be Concise in Your Cover Letter

A cover letter should be no more than one page. Use short paragraphs and bullet points to make it easy to read. Use action verbs to describe your skills and experiences and avoid repeating information that is already in your resume.

Use A Professional Tone

Use proper grammar and spelling, and avoid using slang or overly casual language. Show up professionally in this very first impression of you and your readiness for the job.

Pro tip: Grammarly is a great Chrome extension that will help you find errors.

Explain Why You Are A Good Fit

Use your cover letter to explain why you would be a good fit for the role. Highlight your relevant skills and experiences, and provide specific examples of how you have used them in the past. Use data if you have it. Explain how you can contribute to the company and how your skills and experiences align with their needs.

Show Enthusiasm

A cover letter should convey your enthusiasm for the role and the company. Explain why you are excited about the opportunity to work there.

Follow Formatting Guidelines

If you’re able to attach a formatted document, be sure to follow the formatting guidelines of the company. Use the same font and formatting as your resume. Make sure that your cover letter is clean and easy to read.


This seems obvious, but proofreading is very important. It can be the difference between getting an interview and your application being overlooked. Make sure to proofread your cover letter several times to catch any errors or typos.

Use a Call to Action

End your cover letter with a call to action, asking for an interview or the next step in the hiring process. This shows that you are proactive and eager to move forward in the process.

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