A resume without a cover says a lot of things about you, like you might not be that interested for the position, or you are too busy to perform basic job application formalities, or you are ignorant about the correct way of applying for a job. So if you truly want a job from somebody you would never send them an incomplete application, would you? I guess not.
Writing a cover-letter is not a daunting task. The first thing you got to do it to address a specific person, if you are not sure who is the concerned person is, you may call them up and ask the details. Addressing ‘Dear Sir or Madam’ should be the very last option. You also need to enquiry about the designation of the concerned person.
Start your cover letter with your brief introduction (your name, current employment status and work experience etc), followed by the exact position for which you are applying and finally how you came to know about the job vacancy. Recruiters will be eager to know the source actually, because they post job ads on various online and offline publishing mediums at a time.
Demonstrate your understanding about the company’s function and show your interest for it. Google and read through company website and you will get all these details about a company like, company history, corporate profile, function, key people, their product and services, locations etc. Perhaps, that is one of the biggest gimmicks to impress a recruiter.
Relate your past working experience with the current opening judiciously. Don’t fake your current delegations and duties, because recruiters can always carry out an inquiry. Keep your cover letter short and to the point.
After thanking the recruiter sign-off with a suitable closure, like “Sincerely”, “Yours faithfully” or “Yours sincerely”. And type your name on the next line. Make sure you have mentioned all your contact information even if it’s already in your resume. Read your cover-letter carefully or make your friend read it once before you dispatch it to the recruiter.
Remember your cover-letter should be written to a particular individual (the recruiter) and for a specific position.