They’re two sides of the same coin. Albeit the pair of applications being a letter, there are some noticeable differences. Being aware of what makes them different prevents you from making a mistake and enables you to highlight your value accordingly.
A letter of interest is a documented letter that’s sent as an open job application. Meaning, you’re interested in applying for a potential role in the company that matches your skills and expertise even if the position isn’t being advertised.
However, cover letters are typically sent along as a secondary document to complement your primary application. These are for an available position in demand that hiring teams need filled.
- Letters of interest focus on your intentions and why you want to work for the company.
- Cover letters focus on why you’re the best person to hire for the job you’re applying to.
You’re not writing for an available vacancy. Instead, it’s tailored towards a specific position that isn’t currently being advertised or promoted. Therefore, there should be more emphasis on why you’re interested in working for them specifically and what makes you a good company fit.
Next, they’ve made it clear they’re inquiring about a position in the technical team. Since you’ll be applying for positions that aren’t currently available, state your intentions clearly by writing something similar along the lines of:
- “I am writing to apply for the next consultant position in...”
- “I am pleased to present my application for the business development position at…”
- “I am applying because I meet all the essential criteria and strongly feel that I can make an effective contribution…”
Outline where your enthusiasm comes from and how your knowledge and abilities can be put to good use. The main body of this is where you should be going more in-depth about your skills, corporate experiences, and education.
We’ve analyzed a letter of interest, so we’ll now analyze how cover letters are written and pick up on some of the key points. However, you’ll find that there are no huge differences and that they’re both similar to each other.
The format of a cover letter includes:
Compared to a letter of interest, you’re purely focusing on what makes you the best-suited applicant for the job. Therefore, there’s usually more emphasis on the job values rather than the company values.
Despite having no professional experience, it doesn’t necessarily stop you from being a competitive candidate.
Even though this candidate focuses on what makes them a good fit as their personal qualities align, there’s more emphasis on the job responsibilities. This is shown throughout the document as they’re describing their value in phrases such as:
- “My ability to work as a team player… have allowed me to excel in the field of Human Resources”
- What I would bring to the position includes…”
If you’re applying for a specific position in the company that isn’t currently available but you’re open to future opportunities, use a letter of interest. But if you’re applying for an open job vacancy, use a cover letter. Even if they’re not requested by your employer, you can still send them along with your resume.
For both cover letters and letters of intent, hiring managers should see your enthusiasm for the presented opportunity. In order to show a good expression of interest, we’ve listed 5 tips for all job seekers.
Part of the criteria for an ideal employee is not just someone who has the qualifications and skills for the job. But, someone who is a strong fit for the company culture, passionate, and genuinely interested.
Having personal traits or hobbies that align with the job and company values positions you as someone who matches the role. It’s also an effective way to stand out and catch the attention of your recruiter and hiring manager by bringing something new to the table.
The value of stating this in your application is that it immediately outlines your goals and objectives. You’re also making it clear that you’re self-driven and this can be related to a solid work ethic.
Action verbs are words that convey action.
Likewise, power words provoke the reader to think which helps with catching their attention.
- “I believe that my proven experience and passion for digital marketing will…”
- “I am confident that my skills, experience, and enthusiasm will be a great asset to…”
- “I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how my experience would be…”
- “I am available to discuss this position in more detail at a convenient time”
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