Cover letter tips: Nailing the perfect tone for your application

Eagle-eyed readers will tell you we’ve already given you a little advice on how to write the perfect cover letter. We briefly touched on tone – arguing for something passionate but not pretentious. However, generous to a fault we thought it was high time to go into a little more detail. Your cover letter is your chance to get your foot in the door so here are some ways to make sure you portray yourself as the perfect candidate: – Give off the right vibes – demonstrate passion and ability No one wants to work with someone who has a negative attitude and complains all day. No one wants to work with someone who sounds pompous or conceited. Employers want to hire someone capable who genuinely cares about the job, so make sure your words demonstrate your passion as well as your ability. The following can be useful words to remember: – – enthusiastic / keen – passionate – fascinated – interested – excited – lead / led – organised – managed – built / grew – completed / solved Don’t shoehorn them in – this is only a brief list designed to provide a bit of food for thought. However, it’s worth noting that these are a mix of emotive words and verbs that demonstrate action. Try and get a happy balance of both throughout your cover letter to ensure you’ve got all your bases covered. Make it personal: Everybody loves a story – even employers! Your employer is a human being just like you. Use this to your advantage. If you have a story that relates to...