Cover letters do a lot of things. They introduce and allow you to expand on your resume, interest the employer in what you have to say, and showcase your voice and writing style to the employer. That’s a lot to do on one page!
There is no one-size-fits-all cover letter. Each one should be tailored to the position you are applying for. However, there are key components for every cover letter, and making sure that you include these will help you structure yours so that you can quickly write an effective cover letter!
First and foremost, you need to state the position you are applying for and how you found the position. If you found the position through a career website or you were recommended, it is important to state this information in your cover letter. As you transition to writing about why you are applying for the position, make sure to keep the reader interested so they will continue to read your cover letter.
What Makes You Stand Out?
It is important to include why you’re interested in the position you are applying for. It can be difficult to put this information in your resume, but your cover letter is a great place to put this information. Make sure to include your interests in the position, company, and any associated products or services.
You should also include what you have to offer to the company. This is a great time to share with the employer any essential skills that you have that were not highlighted in your resume. Also, bring up any relevant academic background or work experience that you feel has prepared you for the position. Make sure not to repeat the information on your resume but to go more into detail about how your experiences will be an asset to the job you are applying for.
Why this Company?
There is a huge difference between why you would want a certain position and why you desire to work for a certain company. This is the time to do your research and find the mission statement and values of the company and connect them to yourself. It is a good idea to explain if you share any of the same beliefs as the company or if their values have any relevance to you. Show that you invested time out of your busy schedule to do your research on the company.
You Want an Interview!
It is crucial to state in your cover letter how you would love to share more about yourself in an interview! This is a great way to show that you are eager to proceed with the application process.
Finally, make sure to include your contact information.
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