There are around 313,000,000 results in Google for how to write a covering letter. This being said, it still causes people to have a little panic when it comes to writing a CV or covering letter.
For a start, unless you happen to love writing words (I do – in case you haven’t noticed!) it can become a bit of a chore. I get it, in the same way I am not fond of cooking so that would be a chore for me but not for a someone who loves cooking.
And then there is that added pressure. You need a covering letter if you want to apply for a new job. Someone is going to read it. Someone is going to judge it.
Before you get down to content, you need to think about style. Style is fun. Style gets you noticed. So, here are my 6 writing styles (to match your shoes game).
You love dynamic environments. You are driven by innovation and creativity. You thrive on standing out from the crowd.
Shoe type: stilettos – you ooze style and flair, putting it well above comfort and practicality.
Covering letter style – promote your artistic innovation, creativity and flair.
You enjoy detail. You bring structure and focus to streamline tasks. You thrive on turning a chaotic mess into order. Everything has a place. Everything has a system.
Shoe type: boots – they offer structure but different boots are available to suit different needs.
Covering letter style – promote your ability to bring structure to any given situation.
You love to lead teams. You confidently empower others and bring decisive task delegation. Each member is a sum of the whole. You focus on team effectiveness and drive success.
Shoe type: climbing shoes – you rise to the occasion and expect your team to do the same.
Covering letter style – promote your leadership style and impact on others you lead.
You are motivated to go above and beyond to meet goals. You are solution-driven and ensure tasks are completed on time and to budget. Your focus is on the delivery, no matter what.
Shoe type: loafers – flat, sensible, slip-ons, no fuss or frills, laces or buckles.
Covering letter style – promote the results you deliver through your practical abilities.
You love problem-solving and have a real knack for finding solutions. You bring a resourceful approach. You enjoy getting stuck in when others are shouting for help.
Shoe type: wellies – ready to jump into any situation, no matter how messy, to solve issues.
Covering letter style – promote your analytical approach and ability to source solutions.
You excel in collaborative environments and are driven to help others. You are a strong team player with a focus on making other people happy with the work you do.
Shoe type: trainers – ideal for always being on your feet running around supporting others.
Covering letter style – promote your passion for customer service and helping colleagues.
Did you enjoy the game?
Writing covering letters can be fun when you match and promote your style. The art of a great covering letter is to promote YOU, as well as your skills and experience.
If you are still concerned that your covering letter will be a ‘flip-flop’, don’t a be a stubborn ‘mule’ about it. It might be a ‘croc’ of a job for you but there are others on this ‘platform’ that are ready to help.
‘Sandal’ a message here for CV services information and I’ll ‘moccasin’ something up for you.