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How to write a cover letter

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How to write a cover letter

Writing a cover letter

Cover letters are an important ingredient to any job application. Here is a tip: any time an employer instructs interested applicants to, “Please send resume,” that is actually code for, “Please send resume AND cover letter.” Therefore, any time you send only your resume, other potential applicants are sending their resume as well as their cover letter. When your applications are compared, your application (the one lacking a cover letter) will seem incomplete.

Many people do not know how to write a cover letter, but in reality it is not that difficult. Here is a list of tips to make your cover letter efficient:

1. Include the date in the upper right hand corner. This way the employer knows that the cover letter is “fresh” and recently written.

2. Start with a greeting, such as, “Dear ___,” If you know the name of the recruiter, use their name. If you only know the name of the company, it is appropriate to use the company’s name. If you do not know either of these, you may simply use, “To Whom it May Concern:”

3. Begin your cover letter with a brief paragraph stating what position you are applying for and why you are applying for this position. For example, something along the lines of, “I am applying to your Communications Associate position because I have found through past work experience that I have a passion for marketing.”

4. Your next paragraph should consist of examples of why you would be the best candidate for the job. Highlight your skills, qualities, and attributes that make you a good match. You should also reinforce every claim you make with an example. So, do not merely state that you have creative marketing skills. State that you have this skill, and give the example that you created and designed your own marketing campaign for Company X that resulted in a 30% increase in sales. Do not just tell your potential employer why you are great; show them why you are great. This section can either be a paragraph or divided into a few bullet points.

5. Your final paragraph should wrap everything up nicely with a clear sense of closure. Here, you can refer to your enclosed resume, request an interview so that you can meet in person and tell the employer more about how you will benefit their company, and lastly, thank the employer for their time and consideration. If the employer requested that you include salary requirements in your cover letter, you may include your salary range in this last paragraph.

Always make sure to proofread your cover letter for grammar and punctuation errors. Having a friend or colleague look over your cover letter is a great idea. Lastly, be sure to customize your cover letter based on the requirements of the position you are applying to.