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The Importance of a Cover Letter

Are you looking to find the perfect job working for a private family, business executive, or high net worth individual or family? You’ll want to do everything you can to showcase your expertise as a professional in the domestic staffing industry.  That means having a standout resume, solid letters of recommendation, and a cover that details what makes you the ideal candidate for the role.

Many agencies no longer require a resume; instead, they rely solely on a personal intake interview and a cover letter that details why you are the right person for the job. That means that your cover letter is your first – and best – opportunity to engage an employer.

Why Write a Cover Letter?

Writing a cover letter allows you to give potential employers a glimpse into who you are, what your experience is, and how you are differentiated from other people applying for the job. In other words, it’s a way to introduce yourself to an employer before you meet them in person for an interview. If you’ve found a position as a nanny, housekeeper, personal assistant or other type of household employee that aligns well with your past work experience, education, or other training, writing a cover letter gives you the chance to show that you’ve done your due diligence and that you really want to work for this specific family or individual. The cover letter is a special opportunity that allows you to show exactly why you are the best person for the job.

Best Practices for Writing an Outstanding Cover Letter

Research the role.

Read the job description carefully to ensure you’re the right fit for the role on a long-term basis, so you can discuss this in the letter. Make sure you’re okay with the specific duties, pay and benefits, hours, and read the details about the family or home you’d be working with.

Focus on a strong introduction.

Prospective employers may be reading multiple cover letters each day. It’s important to write a strong, attention-grabbing introduction that conveys why you’re the perfect fit. If you can capture their attention in just two to three sentences, they will want to keep reading.

Personalize it.

Craft your cover letter as if you’re speaking directly to the principal or family you’re writing the letter for. Personalizing the letter to the role and the family specifically shows that you care. You might also consider highlighting some of your unique personality traits or interests and how that aligns with the role, as this could help you present yourself as a great fit for the job. General cover letters simply don’t have what it takes to stand out in a stack of applications.

Be clear about your skillset.

Talk specifically about your experience, skills, training, or education and how that will relate directly to the position you’re applying for. Be sure to include a sentence or two about how your values align with the family or individual, and how your dedication to the position will benefit their home or business in the long run. Keep the full cover letter at a page or less. Anything longer will likely be too wordy, and the potential principal may not want to read it in its entirety.

Don’t let errors slip through.

Proofread and edit the letter for grammatical, punctuation, or spelling errors. If it is full of mistakes, chances are, the potential employer will discard it. So, take the extra time to read through it carefully; this demonstrates that you are committed to excellence and professionalism.

Our experts at Household Staffing understand how important it is to find and secure a job that aligns with your passions, experience, and expertise. That’s why we work closely with candidates to find an ideal match. Register with us today to start the process, so we can help place you in a domestic staffing position that checks all your boxes!

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