As we prepare to usher in a brand new year, you need to be aware of expected trends in the job market and job search alike.
Employers are also adapting to new strategies of recruiting professionals such as using recruiting firms in order to acquire only the best candidates.
There is expected to be high competition in job search in 2018 as the number graduates being released into the market are more than the number of available jobs.
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Employers are also expected to demand more professionally done cover letters before they even look at your CV.
4 things must have in your Cover letter as we prepare for 2018
1. Paragraph One: Indicate the position being applied for
State in clear detail what position you are vying for in the first paragraph.
Ensure that the paragraph is short and precise. Don’t write lengthy sentences because they derail the purpose of your opening statement.
You can go further and indicate how you heard about the position.
2. Paragraph Two: Most relevant skills and experience
This is the section in which you hook the recruiter. Avoid going into too much detail when writing this paragraph.
Remember you are not re-writing you CV in a cover letter but hooking the employer to read your actual CV.
Indicate your key technical and soft skills as per the job description.
3. Paragraph Three: Why they should hire you
As the sub-title denotes, this is the point at which you state your case.
Keep in mind your cover letter is NOT the only one recruiters will look at; there are plenty more.
Therefore, ensure that in this paragraph you show your knowledge ability of the organization and its function.
Highlight the skills and achievements that present you as the most suitable candidate for the position.
Also show how you fit into the organizational culture and how you possess their core values.
4. Paragraph Four: Request for an interview and offer gratitude
In this last paragraph, make a call to action.
Clearly states that you would like to have a formal interview session to further discuss your skills.
Indicate a statement like, “I look forward to hearing from you.”
Thank them for taking their time to read your letter and sign off.
Keep in mind,
Times are changing and your methods have to as well. 2018 provides a perfect opportunity to start afresh and especially start on the right footing.
Employ these tips when writing your cover letter and have a fruitful 2018!
Esther Kamau works for Corporate Staffing Services, a leading HR firm that offers recruitment and FREE job placement. For more information please visit their website on www.corporatestaffing.co.ke