What is a cover letter?
A cover letter is a one-page business document that allows you to expand upon information on your resume. A well-written cover letter elaborates on critical elements of your professional background, providing context and emphasis to potential employers. It also shows potential employers that you are capable of clearly communicating your talents and skills.
Writing a cover letter can also help set you apart from the competition. Research shows that 47% of all job seekers skip writing a cover letter. This means that simply by including a cover letter, you have gone above and beyond nearly half of the competition. Learn to write a great letter and your efforts will go even further.
3 ways we can help
Our goal at LiveCareer is to help you land your next job. With our extensive array of cover letter tools and resources, we can help you every step of the way.
1. Identifying the right cover letter content:
These tools are designed to help you learn the ins and outs of cover letter writing, from start to finish, including:
- Cover Letter Builder
LiveCareer’s Cover Letter Builder makes it simple to craft a personalized cover letter for every job application. Our builder walks you step-by-step through the process, from choosing a template to suggesting pre-written customizable content for each section of your document.
- Cover Letter Examples
To show you what a great cover letter looks like, we offer hundreds of sample cover letters by category and job title. Just type in your job title and peruse our library of professionally written letters.
- How to Write a Cover Letter
Need a tutorial on how to write a compelling cover letter? LiveCareer has broken down the process into six simple steps.
2. Designing and formatting your cover letter:
LiveCareer offers tools designed to help you with the look and format of your cover letter, including:
- Cover Letter Templates
LiveCareer offers dozens of professionally-designed cover letter templates. From a modern look to a more conservative design, we have a template that will help present you as professional and polished regardless of industry.
- Cover Letter Formats
A great cover letter follows a specific format. LiveCareer shows you the critical sections to add to your letter and how to organize them for the most impact.
3. Other cover letter challenges:
- Insights from career experts and certified cover letter writers
We have a wide variety of curated cover letter content to assist you throughout every stage of your career. Written by our team of certified resume writers and career experts, our content is designed to answer your questions about cover letter writing and every other facet of the job search.
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Cover Letter FAQ
Can I skip including a cover letter?
The short answer is: no. Skipping a cover letter puts you at a disadvantage. Writing a cover letter accomplishes several critical tasks. First, it gives you the opportunity to show employers that you are able to communicate effectively. Second, it allows you to provide detailed information about your most impressive professional achievements. Finally, it demonstrates that you are willing to go the extra mile to get the job you want.
What do employers look for in a cover letter?
When reading a cover letter, employers are looking for evidence that you are capable of clearly communicating your most impressive skills and experience. Hiring managers also look to cover letters to see whether a candidate understands what the company does and how the role they are applying for can impact the goals of the organization.
Do I need to customize my cover letter for each job I apply for?
It’s critical to customize your cover letter for each job. Each cover letter you write should convey how your skills and experience can positively impact the company if you are hired for the position in question. This can’t be conveyed in a one-size-fits-all letter. To customize your cover letter for each role, study the job description and focus your letter on the skills and experience outlined there.
How long should my cover letter be?
A cover letter should be no longer than one page in length. To keep it concise, don’t waste space repeating information that an employer can find on your resume. Instead, focus on expanding by providing additional details about your experience or the impact your work has had on the bottom line. Using bullet points on your cover letter can help pack in more information and add impact.