A cover letter is a brief correspondence attached to a job application, serving as an introductory tool between candidates and potential employers.

It aims to showcase pertinent competencies, past experiences, and qualifications, demonstrating alignment with the desired role.

A meticulously crafted cover letter enhances the prospects of securing an interview and eventual employment.

Like a resume, cover letters should vary per each position you apply for.

They should reflect the company and role specifically, tailored towards that company and the role.

Similar to resumes, the litmus test to determine a “good” or “bad” resume is to answer the question, “did it get you the job?” If yes, it’s a good cover letter. If no, it’s a bad cover letter.

However, a cover letter should NOT be a letter version of your resume; the resume is about you, the cover letter is about the company you’ve applied to.

For this article I will go over my cover letter that I used to land my current position:

Overview

First, a brief overview. The cover letter should be 1 page and include the following:

  • Your first & last name
  • City of residence
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • (optional) LinkedIn URL
  • Date of writing
  • Office/department you are addressing
  • (Preferably) The name of person you are addressing with a polite greeting
  • Do NOT address the letter “To Whom it may concern”. If you don’t know the name of the person receiving the letter, simply address the letter to the aforementioned department
  • The body of the letter
  • Your name at the end

You can simply copy & paste the contact information from your resume to your cover letter. This information should remain identical to the resume.

Again, title (either date written or date sent), office/department of receipt, and the person receiving the letter (if known).

As a reminder, do NOT write “to whom it may concern”; this is outdated and cliché and is a good way to get overlooked.

Body of the Letter

The body should be 4 paragraphs:

  • Introductory paragraph about the Company
  • Paragraph referencing the role you’ve applied to and a segway into how it relates to your experience
  • Additional paragraph outlining your experience 
  • Concluding paragraph

Again, the cover letter is NOT about you, it’s about the company you want to work for.

The first paragraph is 100% about the company you’ve applied to, so do some research. What do they do? What services do they provide? How long have they been in business? Do they have multiple locations?

This is the part where you showcase your knowledge of the prospective employer.

Paragraph 2 continues talking about the company and mentions the role you want.

THIS is the part where you start talking about yourself, but only insofar as it relates to the position and company.

Talk about the successes you’ve had in the same or a similar role and how this experience has prepared you for this role.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY GOOD THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF HERE! If it’s true and will help the company achieve their goals (which you’ve already outlined in paragraph 1) then include it!

This is the only paragraph where you talk only about yourself. Keep it brief.

This is just to really make sure you hammer home how your experiences relate to the company and why you would be an asset to them.

Finally, a brief paragraph reconfirming your interest and enthusiasm about the position.

Be sure to thank the reader for taking the time to review and that you look forward to hearing back from them.

Finally, end with “Sincerely, [your first & last name] (full name is optional)”.

Conclusion

Mastering the art of crafting an impressive cover letter is a valuable skill for job seekers.

By strategically highlighting your knowledge of the company, relevant skills, experiences, and qualifications, you can effectively captivate potential employers and increase your chances of securing an interview.

Utilizing these tips and guidelines, you’ll be well-equipped to craft compelling cover letters that leave a lasting impact and open doors to exciting career opportunities.

I hope you’ve found this article enlightening and I wish you the very best of luck.

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