May 11, 2020 - 09:21 PM
Address your cover letter to the hiring manager – use the specific name if you have it or can find it; otherwise "Dear Hiring Manager" is acceptable. The cover letter should not be a simple repeat of your resume, but rather a bit more personable, detailing why you want the job: "I've wanted to work in a vet's office since a veterinarian saved my cat when I was nine-years-old." Think along these lines when writing a cover letter – you have to tell a story that ties your passion for the work to the needs of the business.
I mentioned the necessary parts of a cover letter in the first paragraph – here they are: contact information for yourself and the employer; the opening greeting, the opening paragraph, one or two body paragraphs, a closing paragraph, and a closing salutation.
There are also a lot of things to avoid in a cover letter: don't be negative; don't badmouth a former employer or job; don't talk about your weaknesses; and never lie. Also, never send a generic letter that doesn't specifically address the job and what the employer needs.
Aug 07, 2018 - 02:10 PM
Address the letter to an individual within the organization. After the greeting, write a strong opening paragraph that expresses your interest in the position and why you would be a great fit for the organization. Include any personal association you have with the company or individuals who are already working there.
While you should not simply repeat the information provided in the resume, you can add details about past accomplishments. Include how your experience can provide value as the company faces current challenges. Express enthusiasm for the opportunity by making personal, authentic statements about how you can contribute to the success of the organization.
Since most reviewers spend just seconds reviewing cover letters and resumes, the cover letter should be no more than one page long. If you submitted your resume electronically, follow up by sending a hard copy of your resume along with a cover letter.