Is Your Cover Letter Too Long?

The first thing an employer sees is your cover letter. It can seem like a hard task but if you take it one step at a time you will see writing a cover letter is as easy as writing your resume.

It makes a difference from getting the interview or having your resume trashed. So take time to devote the effort into writing an effective cover letter. It compliments your resume it doesn't duplicate the information on your resume. It should be your marketing tool to get you to that interview. Its your first impression to an employer.

There are three general types of cover letters:

The application letter that responds to a known job opening

The prospecting letter which inquires about possible positions

The networking letter that requests information

When you design your cover letter it should be designed specifically for each purpose outlined above as well as for each position you seek.

The best effective cover letters explain the reasons for your interest in the specific organization and identify your most relevant skills or experiences. It should demonstrate or express a high level of interest and knowledge about the position.

So how long should your cover letter be?

Majority of employers require cover letters. It introduces who you are, what you are applying for, details your skills but also allows the employer to form opinions based on how well you sell yourself. Even when a cover letter isn't required, it can boost your chances of getting hired.

Should you keep it short or should it be a full page or longer that covers in detail why you are a match for a job? Your cover letter
shouldn't be longer than one page and highlight the most relevant qualifications for the job and what you have to offer to the employer.

In fact, shorter is better. Approximately 70% of employers wanted a cover letter of less than a full page.
When you finally decide you want to apply for a position, send your cover letter but remember that the first paragraph is what readers pay attention to when reading email. The rest of the message is typically skimmed.