The Application Letter
This is the often the first impression a potential employer has of you. You’ll want to make it at least keep their attention so they can make it to the two other pieces.
Keep it concise
Employers have hundreds of applications to read through. Typical job postings will get 50-100 responses in the first week, if not more. They won’t have time to read through pages of cover letters or introductions about you.
Read the Description
Read through the posting and address the key points. It will indicate you actually read the job posting and care enough to learn a little about the company before applying. This will help you stand out from the blanket application letters some people use for every job they apply for.
Know your grammar
With most job applications coming in through the Internet and so much competition, it takes just a click to make your chance disappear. Spell check, grammar check, and typo check your application letter before sending it out. Don’t lose out for forgetting a comma or spelling something wrong.
If the job posting says to include links to an online portfolio and a resume, I’d suggest you do it. If you can’t follow basic instructions, how do you think that reflects upon you as a potential employee?
With this information handy, you should at least be able to make it through the first gate and not get deleted or ignored. Now that you have their attention, it’s time to wow them with your resume and portfolio.