When you’re asked to write a cover letter, it’s your chance to expand on the experiences and abilities briefly listed on your resume by showing your future employers a little more about your character and convincing them that you’re the best fit for the position.
Your cover letter introduces you, explains your purpose of writing, highlights one or two experiences or skills, and request an opportunity to meet personally with the potential employer.
Because of this, first impressions do count, and you should take your time into making sure that your letter is detailed.
It’s also important to remember that not only does your cover letter tell the employer how skilled you are, it also shows how effective you can communicate.
What to include in a cover letter
Limit your page to ¾-1 page only. Just like your resume, your cover should not be too lengthy.
Assess the employers need or skills. If you are going to be talking about experiences for example, go in depth about one or two experiences as well as your reaction to those experiences. If you just list what you did, it won’t be different from a resume where you are just listing as well.
As much as possible, tailor your letter to each job opportunity. If possible, exhibit knowledge of the company/organization to which you are applying.
Show some personality. Like I said before, if you start hard selling, or a gimmick, it’ll start sounding like a resume, so to differentiate that, start fast; show interest immediately.
Questions to guide your writing
Who is my audience?
What are the objectives and needs of my audience?
Is the letter my best effort?
Is the format right?
Is the letter addressing who the person who is doing the hiring process?
Visit our Job and Internship guide fore additional formatting information.
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