Many people overlook cover letters. They may even wonder if they really need one. So, DO you really need one? Of course! Cover letters not only tell the hiring manager which position you're applying for, but also provide the first impression of you and your skills. Use it to sell yourself and your skills. So, how do you write an unforgettable cover letter?
Use business writing style. That means use short words, short sentences, and short paragraphs. Make your writing clear, concise, and easy to understand.
Address your cover letter to a specific person. If you don't know who the hiring manager is, find out before you send your letter and resume. The internet is a wonderful tool that you have at your fingertips. Use it to your advantage!
Use the same high quality paper that you write your resume on.
Stick to only one font and size. Use 10, 11, or 12 point Arial or Times New Roman when possible; but, definitely match the font of your cover letter to the font on your resume.
Tailor your cover letter to the specific job you're applying for. This is where you let the hiring manager know which job you're applying for, where you found out about the position, and why you are the best candidate for the job.
Have at least three body paragraphs; the introduction, discussion, and conclusion.
In your introduction, state the position for which you're applying, tell how you found out about it, and ask for consideration for the job. It should be 2-3 sentences.
Your discussion paragraph is 3-5 sentences that explain how you're the best candidate for the job. Focus on skills, education, experience, and character. Mention the good things that your managers and teachers have to say about you.
In your conclusion, restate your interest in the position. Remind the reader of your contact information. You might tell them that you'll initiate follow-up (be sure to make contact if you say you will!). Thank the reader for his or her time.
Remember to sign it! Nine out of ten of my business students forget to sign their cover letters before they turn them in. If you can't remember to sign your name, how will you remember to do your tasks on the job?
Network! If you know someone who works for the company, mention their name in your cover letter. Be sure to ask them if it's all right with them; but if it is, you should use every possible in!
Use adjectives. This is your chance to use lots of specific adjectives to describe yourself. Match them with the ones in the job posting if possible. You are highly motivated, energetic, friendly, outgoing, etc.
Be polite and friendly, but not casual. Remember that you are not writing a letter to your potential employer. They want to know that you will be an excellent employee, but also that you will be easy to work with. The attitude you present in your cover letter tells a lot about you and your personality.
Check for spelling and typing errors. These errors are so easy to fix. However, unless you are an exceptional author, you will have to print out your draft and edit it with a pen. Computers don't know everything, and they won't catch typing errors or other simple mistakes that make you look careless.
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