Cover letters allow you the opportunity to bring your skills and experience to life in a more narrative fashion than what you are able to do with just a resume. Because of this, it is important to write a cover letter for every job you apply for. There are a few examples below that can help guide you. One of the most important keys to writing a stand out cover letter is to interject WHY you are interested in working or interning with the particular organization you are applying to. Is it their product, service, mission, culture, etc. that attracts you? Do your research in order to answer this question. Also the connection you are able to make between the job description and the skills and experience you have to offer is key. All this said; it is a must to write a new cover letter for each job you apply for in order to stand out and hopefully connect with that employer.
Cover Letter Quick Tips
- Follow a business letter format.
- Target your cover letter to a particular position and organization.
- Address it to a specific individual; avoid terms like “Dear Sir or Madam”. As a last resort use “Dear Hiring Manager” or “Dear Search Committee”.
- Talk in terms of what you can contribute to the organization, not how the position or organization will benefit you.
- Convey focused career goals and demonstrate how you are the right fit for this position.
- Be honest and always be able to back up your claims.
- Keep it brief, free of errors, and professional — one full page is probably too much.
Statement of Intent (First Paragraph)
Explain clearly what type of job you are seeking and express interest in the organization. If you are responding to a specific opening, indicate how and where you learned of the opportunity and/or the organization.
Summary of Qualifications (Second and/or Third Paragraphs)
Explain why you are a good fit for the organization. Mention one or two key qualifications and cite specific examples of your experiences, skills and accomplishments related to the position. Tell why the organization, location, or the type of work appeals to you.
Request for Action (Final Paragraph)
Close by making a specific request for an interview. You can indicate that you will follow up with a phone call or email and if you make this claim, be sure to follow through. Thank the reader for taking the time to consider you.
For more Cover Letter Tips, check out this article on The Muse: How to Write a Cover Letter 31 Tips You Need to Know