What is the purpose of a cover letter?
The cover letter invites the hiring committee to read your résumé and tells them why you are the best person for the position. It also covers specifics that you might not have been able to adequately add into your résumé.
What format should I use for my cover letter?
There are numerous formats available to guide you through the writing process. Be aware that the format you choose should also coincide with the open position. For example, if you are applying for a position that requires graphic design skills you might want to add some creative elements to your cover letter. If you are applying for a business position, you would want your letter to reflect a more professional business approach.
How long should my cover letter be?
For entry level positions, a one page cover letter is usually sufficient. With that said, one paragraph is not substantial enough.
Cover letter tips:
·Nothing is more of a turn off for potential employers than seeing misspellings or grammatical errors. Have at least two additional people look over both your cover letter and résumé to catch mistakes.
·Don’t forget to add your name, contact information, and date on your letter.
·Your signature on the bottom is a must.
·Single spaced is best.
·Be confident in your writing. Without embellishing the truth, just state it as is. For example, instead of saying: I am pretty good with numbers, you should say, I have extensive training with accounting and am excellent when dealing with details and numbers.
·Use your cover letter to add substance to your résumé. If you cannot explain something in your résumé, use your cover letter to get your point across.
COVER LETTER RESOURCES:
- Guide to Writing Cover Letters- Several tips and examples of cover letters, internship letters, thank you letters and more...
- Careerlab - On-line Cover Letter Tips
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