A recent report from Express Employment Professionals showed that employers value work ethic and integrity over education when considering candidates for open positions, but how can you demonstrate integrity during the interview process? Cover letters have been known as a way to show off your soft skills and personality, but can also be great way to give some insight into your integrity. With the average read time of cover letters at less than one minute, you’ll want to keep your cover letter brief, but still take advantage of the opportunity to stand out.
Here are three options for demonstrating your integrity in your cover letter.
- I’m Trusted.
After you read the job description or job posting, include a brief story in your cover letter of when you have been trusted in the past to take care of a related task. State how you handled the request and the pride you felt in completing the project. If you have specific measurements for the success of the project, include those or provide a quote from a note you received thanking you for your hard work on the project.
- I’m Knowledgeable.
Share a quote or thought from an industry article or training, and explain what you learned from it. Explain how you stay informed on trends and changes in your industry and why you believe it’s important.
- I Have my Own Values.
If you have your own personal values or mission statement, share that. Then explain why the job or company aligns with that. “The Leadership Challenge” by Kouzes and Posner, offers great advice in creating a personal values statement and how you can use that to guide decision making. If you don’t have your own values statement, review the values of the company you are applying at and select one that resonates with you and expound on that.
Taking the time to craft a cover letter that demonstrates your integrity can be one more way to stand out in the job applicant pool.
How do you demonstrate your work ethic/integrity during the application process? Share your ideas in the comments section below.
Soft skills are only important when socializing in small and large groups and making good impressions. Actions always speak louder than words but, a cover letter is simply that a cover letter. It basically shows you have done your research about who your employer is and why you can be trusted, how much you are knowledgeable in that field, then comes when you express your values versus the companies. That in turn helps your future employer get a better sense of who they are dealing with.
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