Mark Twain once said, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” It’s a good reminder: It does take time to write a short, well-crafted letter.
I know the challenge of crafting a great business letter because one of my responsibilities early in my career was writing letters for the signature of the CEO in one of Canada’s big banks. These letters had to be gracious, clear, compelling, and well-structured. These are the same requirements your cover letter must fulfill when you apply for a job.
The more focused you are in your job search, the more time you’ll have to write a cover letter that can be a great asset in your job hunt. Here are six ways to make your letter more inspiring: