Before you apply for a job, it is critical that your application package, including your cover letter, is the best that it can be. Learn how to write a cover letter that leaves a great impression and makes a potential employer want to know more about you.
Get their attention. Intro Paragraph
- Explain why are you writing this letter.
- Indicate the position you are applying for and how you learned of the position.
- If you are “prospecting” to determine if the organization has unpublished opportunities, or acting on a referral from one of your professional friends, indicate how you learned about the organization.
- Integrate the company research you'd done by explaining why you want to work there.
- Outline the specific reasons why you are ideal for the position.
- Show off your experience.
Make them want to know more. Body Paragraph(s)
- Describe yourself and why you're worth inviting for an interview by demonstrating to the employer how your interests, education and experience fit the requirements described in the position postings.
- Show, don’t tell. Use specific examples that illustrate your related skills and experience. Your goal is to set yourself apart from other applicants.
- If you are prospecting, describe how do you see yourself fitting with this organization.
- Refer to your resume, but don't list the contents of it.
- Emphasize how your variety of experiences and transferable skills that you've gained are connected to the position and will benefit the organization.
Tip: It is acceptable to break this into two paragraphs and use bullets.
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