Cover Letter is Key to Landing Your Dream Job

GoGeomatics Founder and geospatial career coach, Jon Murphy provides a valuable set of recommendations for writing an effective cover letter. Some of these ideas also apply to report cover letters.

From Jon’s article in GoGeomatics.

photo of Jon Murphy on the Importance of a Cover Letter

Jon Murphy on the Importance of a Cover Letter

When applying for a geospatial position, your cover letter provides the perfect opportunity to really make sense of your skills and experience, and to relate them to the job you are applying for.

Keep your cover letter concise and to about a page in length. You should submit a cover letter every time you hand in a résumé, unless there is no chance to.

A cover letter is your opportunity to really sell yourself to the employer. Consider the cover letter and the resume as your first assignment with the prospective employer. That means it needs to be flawless.

If you a newcomer to Canada or a new graduate, the cover letter and resume are your chance to show the employer that you have the communication skills necessary to be an effective team member and fit in with their environment.

Before You Write

Make a list of all your skills, and compare them to the skills listed in the job posting. Try to find the skills that you can elaborate most on. For example, if the employer is asking for a willingness to work in remote areas, you may want to mention a previous job or internship where you were required to spend an extended period in remote areas. Experience that can be quantified (e.g: assisted on over 20 topographic and boundary surveys) will resonate more with the reader, as he/she will have a stronger grasp on the scope of your skills and experience.

When deciding what qualifications to highlight in your letter, put yourself in the employer’s shoes. Think of what skills and experience he/she finds most valuable, and explain how you meet these criteria. Remember, the cover letter is your chance to sell yourself.

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2 Responses to Cover Letter is Key to Landing Your Dream Job

  1. John Russo says:

    I can’t agree more. Jon is spot on. I would add to make sure you have someone who is good with grammar and spelling to proofread it to ensure it is error free before sending. Doing these two things can almost guarantee to get you in the top contender pile.

  2. Dan Scharpf says:

    Excellent suggestions. I would also add that every resume and cover letter should be tailored to the job posting. The cover letter gives you more of an opportunity to do this, so you should take advantage of that occasion to describe how your skills match the opening. When employers receive a generic resume that has no connection to the job description or requirements, it sends the message that the person is simply throwing a big net and is only interested in “getting a job,” instead of trying to find the best match for themselves and their future employer.

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