Write a Standout Cover Letter

A cover letter is one of the most powerful tools job applicants can utilize to impress recruiters. Not sure where to start or what you can improve? iMag's got you covered. We spoke to Rebecca Alimena, Human Resources Manager at HarperCollins to find out how to impress recruiters.

Q: What are some tips for writing cover letters?

A: The cover letter is a very valuable tool for applicants, and you should use it to your advantage. Your resume is a roadmap of your professional history; the cover letter is your chance to explain how you fit with this position. Use it to show the recruiter how your skills match with their needs. The cover letter is also a place to preemptively address issues that may come up in your resume. For example, if you need to relocate, give a timeframe of your plans to move. Use the cover letter to anticipate and eliminate the recruiters concerns.

Q: What are some rules for how you structure your cover letter?

A: Start by stating the position you are applying for and indicate how you heard about the opening. Then, in a few sentences explain why you are a good fit for this position and why you are interested working for the organization. Close with your salary requirements and contact information.

Q: What are some common cover letter myths?

A: The biggest myth that needs debunking is that recruiters don't read cover letters — we do! Not only are we reading them to understand why you are applying for this position, but we are also passing them along to the hiring managers. It is another representation of you as a professional; use it to make a good impression.

Q: What are some things to avoid when it comes to writing a cover letter?

A: Make sure you are submitting the correct cover letter with your resume. Countless times we receive great resumes that have a cover letter addressed to our competitors. It is a deal breaker.

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Rebecca Alimena is the Human Resources manager at HarperCollins Children's Books • Learn more about HarperCollins Children's Careers