Collegiettes, how many of you saw my last post on résumé writing? Well, I am back at it again with advice on writing a cover letter. What is a cover letter? This is not a place for you to tell your employer what is on your résumé; instead, tell them why you are interested, why you are a good fit, and seal the deal!
It helps to mirror the heading on your résumé because your employer may misplace your documents, it will help them easily retrieve it, and it shows consistency. Also, refer to cover letter templates to help you get started and guide you through the layout.
2. Introduction a.k.a. grab my attention and tell me why I should continue reading
Start off with a statement of purpose. Why are you applying for this position? What position are you applying for? Why this company or employers over others? Keep it simple and straight to the point.
3. Body Paragraph 1 addresses the following questions
What makes you the ideal candidate? What can you offer to the company? Do your skills align with the company’s needs?
4. Body Paragraph 2 backs up your previous claim with evidence
Give me an example of a time or job experience when you performed the above skills mentioned.
5. Body Paragraph 3 reminds your reader why you are interested
Reiterate why you want this job or position. If this is an internship application, talk about what inspired you or how your passions led you to x career choice or path.
6. Conclusion: Wrap it up and seal the deal!
This is the time to show off your website if you have one, leave two forms of contact information: email and cell phone. Thank your employer for their time and consideration; tell them you look forward to hearing back.
Good luck collegiates, and share your cover letter writing tips with us!