Tips to improve your cover letter

Posted by Fed Finance in Our employment advice
Posted at 03/08/2022
Tips to improve your cover letter

When applying for a new job, the expectation of being called for an interview is high. This is the time to use every asset we have and creating a good cover letter can make all the difference in a recruitment process.

At the very first moment, the cover letter is the element that will provide the recruiter with a first notion of who you are as a candidate for that position. Unlike a CV, which is characterized by being a much more factual document, the cover letter is a document where you should highlight your true motivations for the project you are applying for.
This is where you can score points and set yourself apart from your competitors by describing what your qualifications, your specific skills and experience are that will make you the right person for the job.


We know that an effective cover letter must meet certain requirements:

  • Be simple and concise
  • It must adapt to the position available
  • It should highlight your motivations
  • It should not exceed 1 page
  • It should not contain spelling mistakes


But how can we improve our cover letter to emphasize our achievements and professional skills? We leave you with some practical tips on how to highlight your professional experience and all your skills when creating your cover letter. We believe that this step can put you at an advantage in an application process. First, always read the job description of the position you are applying for. This way, you will have a better idea of all the information you need to write the letter and how to catch the recruiter's attention.


Focus on the experiences that are relevant to the position

Do not mention experiences, characteristics or skills that have nothing to do with the position you are applying for. Try to be assertive and highlight only the experiences that may be an added value to the position you are applying for.

Use keywords

Many companies are increasingly using management systems that filter applications by skills, qualifications, or other factors as a means of selection. This means that using the right keywords in your cover letter can make the difference between your letter being read or not by recruiters. Once again, we call your attention to the importance of reading the job description well. From there, you will have valuable clues on what words to choose when creating your cover letter. 

Focus on a specific requirement

We should highlight specific roles from projects that we have been involved in. Always try to mention any requested requirement taking into account your previous functions, always considering the job description previously analyzed. This way, you will meet what is required for the position to be filled. 

Give relevance to soft skills

When we want to give relevance to competencies such as soft skills, namely when we talk about team spirit or skills such as communication or leadership skills, for example, nothing better indicates that teamwork and communication were important in the performance of certain functions that you performed in the past. Again, the practical example, is always the best way to show that you know how to do it. 

Give examples from previous roles

Why not mention a project similar to the activities of the position you are applying for? If you have had a similar experience to the one you are applying for, it is essential that you clarify this in your cover letter. This could be the difference between being chosen for this position or not! 

Be creative

Take the opportunity to make your motivations known and to highlight some professional or even personal achievements. It could be some award you have won or some voluntary action in which you are involved. All these activities bring with them important skills that add value. 


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