Applying for your next job in data entry requires a lot of attention to detail. Why? Because data entry is a job entirely reliant on attention to detail, and that is exactly what a hiring manager is looking for in a candidate. If your cover letter lacks this specific aspect, it may be difficult to get a call back from a potential employer. How can you stop making these major mistakes on your cover letter? Let’s take a closer look.
- Not writing a cover letter at all.
The rule of thumb with a cover letter is to always write one. If the company specifically requests a cover letter and you don’t provide one, you’ll be rejected as unable to follow directions. If a company doesn’t say anything about it, cover your bases. If they don’t want to read it, they won’t. The only time you shouldn’t send one is when the company asks you specifically not to … because that, too, will be a test.
- Making it too long or too short.
A cover letter should be about half to two-thirds of a page. This is about the typical attention span of a recruiter or a hiring manager. That is why you need to come in with a powerful statement that will get their attention. If it is too long, they may miss out on crucial information when they stop reading. If it is too short, you may sound too generic.
- Not telling a story.
A resume is considered relatively formal. While you may add your accomplishments, it is meant to be a snapshot, not a novel. The cover letter is your chance to tell your story. Start with an anecdote that will peak their interest and make them want to read more. Be honest, personable, appropriate, and memorable.
- Not customizing it.
Another big mistake job seekers make is forgetting to customize the letter. A template is fine, but don’t just plug and play the information. What’s worse is when a job seeker sends an “administrative” cover letter to a “data entry” position. Make sure you’re being specific about the job at hand.
- Not selling your successes.
Finally, consider your cover letter like you would a sales pitch. It is your one opportunity to convince a hiring manager to take a closer look at your resume. In fact, a well-written cover letter will encourage the manager to call you before they finish reading. You may think data entry is not overly glamorous, but there are lots of ways you can entice a reader to consider you above other candidates.
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