When you receive a new certification, it can be tempting to simply add it to your resume and move on. However, if you are applying for a job that requires or prefers the certification, it is worth taking the time to mention it in your cover letter as well. In this blog post, we'll share some tips on how to write a cover letter that highlights your new certification and tells the value of having it. We'll also share some things to avoid when mentioning your certification in a cover letter for a job application.
1. Start by doing some research
Before you start writing your cover letter, do some research on the company and the specific job you are applying for. This will enable you to best communicate the value that your new certification brings and how that sets you apart from the other people applying.
2. Tell them what you bring to the table
In your cover letter, make sure to tell the employer what you can bring to the table. If your certification has prepared you well for the job, be sure to mention that.
Do not assume that the person skimming your cover letter is familiar with your certification. Instead, provide some context about what you learned or the experiences you had to gain to obtain the certification. Then, make it easy for the person skimming the cover letter by connecting that knowledge to the job that you are applying to.
3. Use concrete examples and proof points
Back up your broad statements of knowledge or skills gained through the new certification with clear examples. This will make it more convincing and help employers understand the value of your certification.
But, do not simply repeat your resume. Instead, tell the story about how you achieved the result referenced in your resume and explain how your certification helped you do that or how that is relevant to the job you are applying to.
4. Be clear and concise
Don't try to stuff too much information into your cover letter! Keep the cover letter to 1 page. In doing so, make sure to clearly state the value of your certification and explain why you are the best candidate for the job. The goal of every cover letter is to pique their interest so they'll want to learn more about you through an interview.
5. Edit and proofread
Before you hit send, make sure to edit and proofread your cover letter. This is important because it will be one of the first things that the employer sees and you want to make sure that it's error-free!
By following these tips, you can be sure that your cover letter will clearly communicate the value of your new certification to potential employers!
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