Tips and Tricks: Writing a Super Cover Letter

Sitting at your computer, drooling over an open position at a tech company, you can’t help but wonder: how on Earth will I get their attention? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered – with your cover letter that is.

Imagine if you will that cover letters are the Robin to a resume’s Batman – without a good letter, many resumes fall short.  Your resume is tailored to show off skills, whereas your cover letter really lets shine what you will bring to the table. Here are a couple key tips to not just improve your letter, but maybe push it to superhero status.

To cover letter or not to cover letter?

That is the question these days. Not every role at a tech company demands a cover letter. Sales, Engineering, even Design all focus more on previous performance and your portfolio. However, for a role in Employee Experience, Admin, or Marketing – where writing matters daily – we love to see a well-written letter.

Have personality – preferably, your own.

You wouldn’t want to read the same thing day after day, and neither does a Talent Team. Concisely allow your cover letter to showcase your personality and demeanor. Read your cover letter to yourself – would you find yourself interesting?

Make a good first impression.

Steer away from the typical, “I am writing because I am very interested in the ABC position XYZ Company has available.” Ditch the generic opening line and try something bold like, “I hear you are looking for a dynamic marketing guru? Look no further.”

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Make sure you have a dynamic duo.

Your cover letter should complement your resume, not repeat it. Expand upon who you are, highlight not just what you’ve done, but what you can and will bring to the table.

Do some digging.

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the company lingo and infuse a word or two into your vocabulary. This letter is a reflection of whether or not you will be a good culture fit, and showing you understand the company as a whole makes you stand out.

Developing a good cover letter takes time.

Don’t be fooled into thinking you have nailed your cover letter on the first draft. Write, read, read out loud, give to a friend to read, and re-read yourself until you’ve hit perfection. Feeling timid about showing a friend? Try using Grammarly or Hemingway App to double-check that your writing is up to par.

Your cover letter is a representation of who you were yesterday, who you are today, and what makes you worthy of being in the position you want tomorrow.  Tie that red cape on your letter and make sure your application doesn’t get lost in the crowd.

Show us your best cover letter! Nitro is always hiring whip-smart, driven, people like you. Check out our open listings.

Native Arizonan Rachel Klarfeld is a Talent Ambassador at Nitro. Her role includes spreading the word about Nitro career opportunities, and finding the best talent for all parts of the business. Rachel’s desk is often home to fresh flowers, massive checklists, and after 4:30pm, a glass of wine.