Mastering the Art of Cover Letters: Hays Template Included

2 min | Julien Clement | Report | Resumes & cover letters

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Submitting a cover letter to complement your resume can boost your chances of standing out to the recruiter.

Remember that a well-crafted cover letter should be concise, engaging, and customized for each application. Take the time to research the company, understand the job requirements, and tailor your letter accordingly. It’s an opportunity to make a positive first impression and increase your chances of landing an interview!

Download your cover letter template

Here are some tips on drafting one:

1. Research before you start writing

You should have done this when creating your resume, but you’ll have additional opportunities here to make reference to the hiring company’s industry, culture and values.

2. Personalize it

Don’t copy and paste your cover letter for every application with a few minor adjustments. It’s worth taking the time to write one from scratch, since the reader will know when you’ve just edited a few words of the same cover letter that you send to everyone.

3. Start with a strong intro to hook the reader in

The first sentence will either grab the reader’s attention or lose it. Instantly tell your story and communicate how you’re the solution to the hiring manager’s problems, instead of the generic “I’m applying for the role of XXX.”

4. Mention whether you’ve come across this opportunity via a friend or connection within the organization

Maybe it was suggested to you because they thought you were a good fit for the role, or you crossed paths as an intern or an employee at one of the company’s suppliers or competitors?

Are you ready to start? Get your cover letter template here

About this author

Julien Clement
VP, Eastern Canada

Julien has a Master in Finance and started his career at EY France. He joined Hays in Lyon, France in 2011 to help develop the Accounting & Finance desk. Then in 2015 he transferred to Canada, opening the Montreal office in Property and Construction. Julien went on to launch the A&F division in 2017, as well as other specialties including Manufacturing and Logistics, HR, etc. The following year Julien managed the permanent desk for Montreal and in 2020 for both Montreal and Ottawa. In August 2021 he got promoted to Regional Director for the Eastern Region and currently manages and leads our Montreal and Ottawa offices. He also has a strong background in Accounting and Finance, Property, Construction, and IT.

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