They might not always be read, but when they are, they’re READ thoroughly.
According to Forbes, a survey reported employers with open roles only consider about 25% of applicants to even be qualified. And they find that out from the CV––it’s thought that only 17% of cover letters are actually even read.
Which means, if your cover letter is read, it might be after you’ve already been considered for the role, and that makes it even more important that it’s a damn good representation of your capabilities ––mainly in communication.
A cover letter is basically a preview of your resume, but with personality. It will also give valuable insight into how well you communicate with others–– a key for personal support workers.
A good cover letter covers requirements of the position, what they need/what you have, and how the two will come together. It needs to be directed to the company/individual advertising the role. And it needs to be short enough to be read in 2-3 minutes. It is a challenge.
Some tips to pull them in:
Don’t be too formal. You want to present yourself as a professional, but Aged Care is a human-centric industry, showing your human side will not be a bad thing.
Give a sneak-peak into your background, but don’t say it all, it’s not a dating app. Where you’re coming from (overall employment history), and what you are looking for specifically in your future role––and more generally, your career goals.
It’s nice to add here a bit about why you’re pursuing Aged Care ––if this is your first role. And, if you have been in Aged Care a long time, a bit about what drives you to stay in the industry. Perhaps even what you hope to achieve personally in your short-term career goals. Keep this to a couple of sentences.
Keep it to one page.
This is vital. Keep it snappy. Open it with a tight intro, briefly explain your employment history and what you can bring to the position and close it with a strong call to action.
In closing, get down to business. You want the job, you’ve shown them why you are a good candidate, what would you like to happen next? Say that. Don’t beat around the bush too much or be too vague.
“My resume is attached, please call me on this number with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon to discuss the position.”
Neat, to the point, and clear.
Check yo’self, and yo’ fonts.
Last, but not least, proofread your CV and cover letter before sending. And check that your layout is clean, not too busy and that your font is easily read. While you might have a favourite font and have mastered your design tools, all the employer wants to do is read the dang thing. If they can’t read it, they won’t know you are the right person for the job.
And you are, aren’t you?