The application process for jobs where you work from home is different, to say the least. You do not have the option to have an in-person meeting, because oftentimes the employer is hundreds of kilometers away. For that reason, the cover letter and resume that you construct invariably must create a strong first impression, as it could be your only chance to engage a prospective employer! Here, we outline how to write a cover letter for a work-from-home career.
It is critical that you make an outstanding first impression that will urge an employer to take a closer look. As someone who is new to the work from home industry, you will want to take advantage of this first impression by creating a captivating cover letter and supportive resume.
The primary purpose of your cover letter is to complement, but not duplicate, your resume. Below are a few tips for writing a strong cover letter that will make your job application stand out.
1. Customize. Adding a personal touch can be as simple as customizing the cover letter to a specific employer. Always avoid using a template cover letter, and try not to use standard Microsoft Word templates because if you do it, you can guarantee that others are too.
2. Actively sell your strengths. How will you meet the employer’s immediate needs? Don’t just highlight your strengths, but explain how they will benefit the employer. Involve yourself in their business and sell it like you’re already there.
3. Keep it simple. Remember that the cover letter is a gateway to the resume. If the hiring manager has to read a book before opening the resume, chances are you will not get a second look. Your cover letter should be no longer than one page, and don’t be afraid to use bullet points or lists.
When you write a cover letter, avoid “filler” and pretentious language. Some examples include:
The objective of the first paragraph is to get the reader’s attention.
Example: Your recent advertisement for acute care Medical Transcription / Healthcare Documentation Specialist caught my eye on Indeed because my experience in _____ and ____ is compatible with your requirements.
The second paragraph should outline qualifications for the position and focus on the most relevant aspects of your background. The best cover letters also include examples of accomplishments and quantifiable results.
Example: My background includes 15 years in sales management with accomplishments in staff development, training, and customer service. I am a skilled team builder and have consistently met or exceeded sales goals in each position held:
Example: Please examine my enclosed resume for further skills that I have to offer. I look forward to speaking with you further about my qualifications and how I can be a part of your company. Please contact me to schedule a meeting: ___ or ___. Thank you for your time.
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Finally, if there is a reason why your employer should not be contacted, do not write that in a cover letter. This sends up a red flag. You will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns during an interview.
The resume, on the other hand, is a tool with one purpose: to win an interview! Think of your resume as an advertisement. The biggest mistake that one can make in resume writing is to think of the resume as a history of your past, a personal statement, or a tool for self-expression. We will cover how to properly build a resume in future blog posts.
The practicum portion of your Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation course will require you to build a professional cover letter and resume for your practicum employer, and your instructors will provide you with valuable feedback and input. With CanScribe’s lifetime Job Placement Assistance you can count on resume and cover letter feedback on any of your future MT/HDS endeavors.