When applying for a job, the first thing that you need to remember is that the moment you enter the HR manager's office and present your resume, the cover letter is your first impression as a job applicant.
HR managers normally wouldn't read through each and every resume extensively; instead, they would read through cover letters and would instantly determine if an applicant is worth the job interview or not.
Coming up with a cover letter that can really catch the attention of the bosses would definitely require you to abandon outdated techniques and ineffective tips on how to write cover letters.
1. Don't use flowery words. Be brief and go straight to the point. Most HR managers won't fall for cover letters that bloom with flowery words about your desire and want for the job, so make sure that you keep your objectives, goals, and other important information brief and straight to the point.
2. Avoid making any mistakes and errors and submitting them without proofreading.
This is quite an embarrassing thing to do, not proofreading and letting the HR managers see your cover letter, so make sure that you avoid committing as many mistakes as you can as this could be your ticket to a good well-paying job.
3. If needed, you can use a word processor to help you check for spelling and grammar errors and to create your cover letters.
The two most popular word processors are Microsoft Office Word 2007 and OpenOffice 3.0, so any of those two will do fine as a writing tool for your cover letter.
Try to use the spelling and grammar check as well as these automatically detect errors which you might miss.
4. Use standard fonts and black ink when creating cover letters as well as your final resume.
Most HR managers do not like reading job applications that are in Comic Sans MS, French Script, and the like.
They especially don't want to read cover letters in red, yellow, or green, so just keep it in simple black and using Times New Roman or Arial.
5. Keep it short, simple, yet impressive.