Want an interview at Keybridge (or anywhere else)? Write a better cover letter

Want an interview at Keybridge (or anywhere else)? Write a better cover letter

Here at Keybridge, we write. A lot.

Press releases, blogs, web content — you name it, we draft and polish it. Our success depends on communicating clearly. So we’re always looking to recruit great writers. And in the hiring process, we put quite a bit of emphasis on applicants’ cover letters, which give us our first chance to evaluate candidates’ short-form persuasive writing abilities.

Here are three tips for writing a great cover letter.

1. Keep it short and simple. Cover letters don’t need to be a full page long. And they don’t — in fact, shouldn’t — include complicated vocabulary and endless adjectives. Brevity is your friend.

2. Explain why hiring you will help your potential employer. A shocking number of applicants describe how they’ll benefit from the position. Of course they will — if people didn’t think a job would help them, they wouldn’t apply! Instead, explain why the employer would benefit from hiring you. What do you bring to the table that other applicants don’t?

3. Don’t rehash your resume. A cover letter isn’t a resume without the bullet points; it’s a chance to explain in more detail about why you’re the right person for the job. Have you previously completed multiple projects despite tight deadlines? Are you a great researcher? Tell us about it!

Colin Valentine
colin@kbc.us