What is the proper tone of a cover letter?
By Megan Brooks
- Interest in the position applied for.
- Your professional abilities and your capability.
- Enthusiasm to carry out the task.
More specifically, your cover letter must convince the recruiter that you are the right candidate for the job. The tone of your cover letter should be distinctly upbeat without sounding overly aggressive or going over-the-top when it comes to speaking about your accomplishments.
Write why you thought of applying for the position in the first place, highlight any personal interest angle, if applicable, and express your interest in the company, the position, and the work culture that the company espouses. Make your cover letter interesting and something along the lines that tells the employer more about you as an individual.
Your cover letter should 'talk' to the recruiter, present your interest in the job in a sincere and compelling manner, and allow the recruiter to 'see' that you are someone who understands the job well. In your cover letter, it is far more important to convey that you understand the requirements of the position instead of making it appear like you think you are the best person for the job.