Let’s talk cover letters
If you are thinking, should I submit a cover letter? The answer is yes.
Cover letters can be a time-consuming task. If there’s an option to skip the labor involved in writing one, it’s tempting. However, a cover letter will always help your candidacy. Done right, it will highlight your most relevant skills and qualifications for the job. Your cover letter is a good way to show an employer what you want them to know about you, without the hiring manager having to figure it out themselves from your resume.
Here is an example of how to write a great cover letter
Date & Contact Information
- Your Name
- City, State
- Phone Number
- Email Address
This is where you want to address the person that is conducting the interviews. If you can find out the name of the hiring manager for the role you are applying for. If you can’t find the hiring manager’s name, stick with “Dear Hiring Manager.”
In this paragraph, you will have the chance to catch the hiring manager’s attention. Introduce yourself and enthusiastically tell the employer why you’re applying for the job. Make sure you make this paragraph specific to each job listing you apply for. Include why you are excited about this role and the company, and how the job lines up with your career goals.
In this paragraph, you want to talk about your most relevant experience and specific qualifications and skills that make you the perfect candidate. This section is a way to pitch yourself as the ideal match for the role.
In this paragraph, thank the employer for their time and consideration. You can also use this space to sum up your qualifications for the role and express interest in continuing to the next stage in the hiring process.
Close & Signature
Choose a closing that is friendly yet formal, followed by your first and last name.
- Thank You
- Thank You for Your Consideration
For information on cover letter spacing, guidelines check out this blog post by Alison Doyle.