Landing a job, especially during the holiday season, in this day and age is a difficult and frustrating endeavor, and there are many things you need to get right if you want to get past the elimination stage and receive an interview invitation. Even then, you are going to be facing some stiff competition from people like you, with similar skills and qualifications, all battling for that one spot.
There is, however, a way you can separate yourself from the crowd, and that’s by creating a compelling cover letter. The trouble is, once you know how important it is, you will feel more pressured. And once you feel pressured, you will be more prone to overanalyzing, procrastinating and making mistakes.
Fortunately, there is something you can do to change that. By using the resources we have rounded up for you in this short guide, you will be equipped with all the tools you need to draft the best cover letter yet and increase your chances of getting hired. Check out our list of 10 online resources which can help you.
OmmWriter is a word-processing application which helps you battle distractions in a unique way. Because its user interface is so pleasant, you will hardly ever get distracted by something else, which means you will be focused on just writing. Beautifully designed themes, pleasant music playing in the background, and cool audio effects which motivate you to keep writing, are more than enough to keep you glued to the screen.
For all the Chrome users out there struggling with writing a cover letter, check out Strict Workflow. This tool acts like an extension for your browser, and employs the famous Pomodoro Technique. Basically, it will block your access to distracting websites for a period of time, so you can focus on your work and nothing else. After each of those periods, you are awarded with a short break. Once your break is over, the entire process starts over.
Sending a letter which contains errors will leave a bad impression of you with the person reviewing your application. Yes, it’s not a literary contest, but it still shows your dedication and determination to get the job, so you need to make sure your cover letter is spotless. We recommend using After the Deadline, an online tool which analyzes your grammar, spelling, and style errors. Once you eliminate all the errors, your work will be polished to perfection.
If the job you’re applying for is really what you’re after, there is no shame in getting help from a professional. EduGeeksClub, one of the leading writing services on the web, can help you with crafting the perfect cover letter that will increase your chances significantly. If you already have a letter you are happy with, run it by their editors to make sure it is pitch-perfect. In addition to writing, they also offer editing and proofreading services to their clients.
If you are struggling to come up with an idea on how to write your cover letter, perhaps some brainstorming might do the trick. MindMup relies on mind mapping techniques, which take brainstorming to a whole new level. Why MindMup? Because, it is free, very intuitive and easy to use, runs in all HMTL5 browsers, and you can export the maps you have created to numerous cloud storage services, such as Google Drive, or Amazon’s S3.
This online resource is your one stop shop for just about anything related to writing a cover letter. The term “checklist” doesn’t do it justice, because it covers every single aspect — starting with the basics, the appearance, and the style, and ending with advice on how to avoid the most common clichés, as well as how to make your letter as original as possible. For each of these aspects, there is a separate guide or a tutorial right there on the website, which makes this website essential.
One of the most original ways of applying for a job is to create a cover letter with an infographics. With the help of Vizualize.me, you can come up with an exciting and eye-catching infographic resume in no time. It is very likely that the people reviewing cover letters are fed up with reading the same generic stuff over and over again, and turning in a cover letter that is based on visuals can be a breath of fresh air, catapulting you to the top of the pile.
Another online tool which can help you correct some of the mistakes you’ve made in your writing is AutoCrit, but it does so much more than point out a few spelling and grammar errors here and there. Instead, what it does is look for weak spots in your writing, such as extensive use of similar words across your cover letter, or too many “that” or “if” occurrences in your writing. Grammar is one thing, but structure and style are another, and AutoCrit will help you improve the latter.
If you are struggling to write an effective letter, maybe the answer you are looking for is collaborative writing. While there are plenty of apps out there which provide that possibility, we recommend that you check out Penflip. The best thing about it is that there are no files you have to worry about. Just send the link to your collaborator and that’s it. You can also take notes, keep track of all the changes, and save your work with just a few clicks.
Ilys is a text editor which offers the most unique writing experience and which produces some interesting results. You are only allowed to see one letter at a time, and with no ability to edit until you hit the word count, you can focus solely on writing, without any distractions whatsoever getting in your way.
It’s a competitive world out there, especially when it comes to finding a job, and you’re going to need all the help you can get. Fortunately, with these tools and resources under your belt, you will have no trouble creating a cover letter that will make an impact and get you that coveted job interview. Good luck!