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As a military spouse, a portable career and certifications give you access to exciting opportunities no matter where you move next. Crafting an effective military spouse cover letter is the perfect way to showcase your experience and qualifications. These four tips can help your cover letter stand out.
A cover letter is a statement to a potential employer that introduces your skills and experience. It gives your employer a snapshot of your qualities, background and interest in the job.
A well-written cover letter can make all the difference in your application. Like a good handshake, it should be professional, confident and friendly but not too long.
Online job boards are excellent ways to find new job openings in your area. However, employers also receive dozens, if not hundreds, of applications from these postings. With so many to filter through, most employers make snap decisions based on the quality of your cover letter.
That means you should write a new cover letter for every job application. It sounds like a lot of extra work, and it is, but it's essential and helps you stand out as an applicant.
Start by addressing the recruiter by name. If you don’t know their name, research the company and try to find details on the hiring manager or department head. Be specific about the job you’re applying for, where you found the job ad and the reference number, if there is one.
Next, highlight your experience. This includes your past relevant work history, but also your experience as a military spouse. You possess a unique set of skills that most other people don't, so tell your potential employer about them.
Highlight how these skills and abilities make you a strong candidate and will add to their workplace. Soft skills like resilience, adaptability, organization, project management and time management are attractive job skills.
Most people read by skimming, so keep your letter short and to the point. It should be one page with an introduction, one to two paragraphs in the body and a conclusion thanking the reader for their time.
Remember to add details and personality. Include extra information about gaps in employment, for example, but keep it professional and limited to a few points rather than a long-winded explanation. Include any new skills and certifications you’ve gained when you were out of work, like those from MedCerts.
Before sending your application, set your writing aside for a few hours and come back to it with fresh eyes. Then, proofread for typos, grammar and spelling mistakes, and edit for tone and language.
Career advancement as a military spouse can be challenging, but upgrading to a high-demand portable career can be a game-changer. MedCerts offers higher education in growing industries, like healthcare and information technology.
With online programs, a support network for milspouse students and a career network, MedCerts can help you earn qualifications, gain access to resources to help you write your resume and military spouse cover letter and find a new job. Apply today.