If a resume is the steel framework of a building, then a cover letter is its brick and mortar. This document accompanies your resume, filling the gaps and completing the structure. Addressed directly to a prospective employer, it is a more personal document than the resume itself.
Here are some pointers to keep in mind while writing a cover letter:
1. Keep your cover letter short and precise
2. Open with precision
3. Explain why they should short-list you
4. Use your cover letter to provide additional information
5. Impress with numbers
6. Emphasise on what value you can add
7. Don’t be excessively formal
8. Edit before sending
9. Be yourself
Cover letters are the first opportunity you have to impress an employer. Naturally, there’s a lot of pressure to get it right. Take professional help if required, but make that first touch point with your prospective employer a great one.