When writing a love letter, you’d usually pore over every word to make sure that it’s just right: you pour your heart, your thoughts and your passions into it, and you tweaking it until you’re 100 percent certain that you have perfected it.
If only you could give your cover letter same attention…
Being romantic should not be limited to love letter writing; if you’re going you write a cover letter, why not write it like you would write a love letter? You’d be surprised to find that the two letters can be quite similar!
Get it just right
When you write letters to that special someone, you don’t just throw words together and hope that the person understands… No, you spend long periods of time thinking of what you want to say, crafting a letter in such a way that it not only appeals to your love but it passes the exact message you had in your heart.
Your cover letter should get the same attention and devotion. Take time to think about what you want to say and how you are going to put transfer those thoughts into words on paper and make sure that each word counts. Pore over the phrasing and construction, look out for spelling errors, and be certain the punctuation is just right. A poorly written cover letter is MUCH worse than a love letter with mistakes!
Express your intimate knowledge
When constructing a masterpiece love letter, what do you include in it? You’ll most likely talk about the little details that make them special to you, or their character traits that you love. This personal knowledge of them is the foundation upon which a solid love letter is built.
The same can be said for a cover letter. You may not be privy to the intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the company, but it’s worth taking out time to study and research them, what they do, and how they operate. It makes it much more personal, showing that you cared enough to do your research.
Declare your affections
Why write a love letter if you are not going to declare your intentions? A love letter is written for one purpose: to declare the way you feel for the person; to express your intentions.
Your cover letter should be written with similar intentions.What is it about the job that makes it “perfect” for you? Why are you intrigued by it? Why have you “fallen so deeply in love” with that job opportunity? Make sure the interviewer knows what it is about the job that you love so much.
Alter it to your “Love”
No matter how many love letters you have written to different people, you always find a way to tailor the letter to suit the lover in mind, right? When you write a love letter, you write it in the way that your “one true love” likes it. It may be in the form of poetry, a long prose, or a simple list of all the things you love. It’s all about telling them how you feel in a way that will resonate with them.
The same goes for cover letters. Craft the letter in the professional template that will snag the reader’s attention, using words and explanations that will interest them.
Prove that You Are the “Knight in Shining Armor”
There’s this thrill that comes from knowing that there’s someone out there who loves and wants to protect you…and that’s a common sentiment shared in love letters.
When writing your cover letter, feel free to explain to the interviewer why you are the “knight in shining armor” the company has been looking for. Now I am not asking you to oversell yourself, but please, do make it a point to show what makes you ideal for the position.
Incorporate the Call to Action
Every good love letter usually ends with something similar to “Will you be mine?”, “Be my Valentine”, or “Tell me how much you love me”.
Every good cover letter also has a call to action, including, “I’d love to discuss it more with you via email”, “I look forward to your call”, or “It would be my pleasure to arrange a meeting and talk about the job”. These calls to action are a subtle way of manipulating the interviewer into responding positively.
You can never spend too much time and effort on perfecting your cover letter, how else are you supposed to woo that interviewer and win the love of your career?
At Ngcareers, our primary aim is to improve your chances of successfully getting past the application stage to the interview phase of the hiring process. This is why we specialize in crafting your CV/Resume to strategically win the heart of the employer.Writing Your Cover Letter Like a Love Letter by Stellamaris Obomanu