Making a personal impression is an important part of getting your first job as a newcomer. Every day, employers receive hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes from eager and interested job seekers. Many people, on the other hand, simply play the numbers game by sending out the same resume without considering how to differentiate themselves. A cover letter will help with this. A cover letter gives you the chance to go beyond your work experience in Canada and discuss what you bring to the table that others don’t. Here are some helpful hints on how to write a cover letter that will impress Canadian hiring managers!
- Greetings to the Hiring Manager
Take the time to read through the job posting, send an email, or even call to get the hiring manager’s name. The majority of employees receive cover letters addressed to them as “Dear Hiring Manager.” It demonstrates a lack of effort as well as respect for the hiring manager. When you address a cover letter to the hiring manager by name, you automatically increase your chances of being noticed. Use the right department title if you still can’t find a name. If you’re applying for a marketing job, for example, use “Dear Marketing Team Hiring Manager.”
- Introduce yourself and make an impression.
A great hook is the foundation of every great essay or news article, and your cover letter is no exception. A hook is a few sentences at the start of your cover letter that attract the reader’s interest and makes them want to learn more. If you’re applying to work in a restaurant, for example, tell them about a funny kitchen experience you had as a child. Remember to be inventive, but still tie it back to the job you’re applying for. Finish your brief introduction paragraph by stating why you’re interested in the particular position and why it’s a fantastic opportunity for you.
- Composing the Letter’s Body
Begin by going through the job description and thinking about the key skills that a good candidate would require. Choose two or three concrete examples that illustrate certain skills from your previous work/volunteer experience. Explain how each example would allow you to assist the organisation in achieving its objectives. Often, have a few sentences describing how the business will assist you. Employers would be able to connect to your desires and aspirations as a job seeker if you do this. Thank them for their time and leave your contact details at the end of the message.
Remember to write in a concise and simple manner. A cover letter does not have to be a carbon copy of your resume. However, by pitching yourself to the recruiting firm, you have the opportunity to stand out. Make yourself sound fantastic by using the suggestions above!