For many people, the cover letter is the most challenging part of a job application. While a resume is a record of all your educational and professional details, the cover letter justifies why you are applying for a particular position for a specific role at the company.
The resume is usually made once and used everywhere after a few tweaks, but the cover letter must be comprehensive and personalized. In addition, it is the first official conversation that happens between the employee and the employer.
So, as parents, it is your responsibility that your child doesn't get overwhelmed. Help your children do the following things which will further help them in writing their best cover letter.
- Read experience requirements thoroughly: Put them in the habit of reading job descriptions carefully. Taking an overview of that never helps. If they have read the job requirements and description carefully, they would already know what to write in the cover letter.
- Highlight your attributes: You should tell them that experience isn't everything. Help them in exploring their virtues and further make them confident enough to say their qualities out loud. A strong cover letter doesn't mean having years of experience, and it means being able to show the best version of yourself.
- Explain how you can be an asset: Introduce them to this phenomenon of the professional world that companies are not interested in knowing how good a candidate is, instead of how that goodness can help the company grow. Therefore, please support them in configuring that how they can put their attributes into practice.
- Express your desire to learn: Make them realize that the willingness to learn is appreciated in all spheres of life. It projects them as someone who holds the potential and the capacity to get better every day.
- State the experience outside the professional realm: Help them realize the value of all their experiences - big or small. If they have even non-professional expertise that aligns with the job, encourage them to include it in their cover letter.
- Show how your goals align with that of the organization: Help them analyze their goals that align with the organization's goals. When employers come across such a candidate, they know that such a candidate is self-motivated and would, in turn, benefit the company.
- Be honest and candid: Lastly, teach them to be honest and genuine in their cover letter. They should know the best way to achieve anything is to show your true passion for it. Projecting a false self never works in the long run.
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