Sep 04, 2018 - 04:57 PM
The modern cover letter looks like a personal narrative that explains your background and why you’re interested in the role. It should be in a similar format as your resume. In other words, if you used a particular header and font in your resume, you should use the same header and font in your cover letter.
You should start the cover letter with a greeting to the reader. Your English teacher might say that the greeting should begin with, “To whom it may concern.” I often prefer something more modern, such as, “Dear Company Team.” You can also consider using LinkedIn to track down who, specifically, you should address the cover letter to.
The opening paragraph of your cover letter is there to capture the hiring manager’s attention. It should mention the job title you’re interested in and the company. It should also briefly explain why you’re a great candidate. Make this opening paragraph as commanding and interesting as possible! You need to hook the reader so they will continue on with the rest of your letter.
The middle paragraph or paragraphs of the cover letter (no more than two body paragraphs) should include more specifics on your background. You may want to dive into an aspect of your education or your prior work experience -something that’s there on your resume, but that you can flesh out in a compelling way. Alternatively, you may want to include information about your background that’s perhaps not included on your resume. The most important thing to do in the middle paragraph(s) is to drive home how your unique skills and experiences make you the candidate who is best suited for the job.
In the closing paragraph, restate your interest in the job, and not the best way (and time) to contact you. Mention that your resume is attached. Most importantly, thank the hiring manager for considering your application.
Aug 02, 2018 - 10:21 PM
There are a few similarities you will find on our cover letter examples. First, they begin with a personalized greeting. You should never begin a letter with, "To whom it may concern." Next, you should write an engaging opening paragraph. You do not need to state you want the job because the employer will infer that information. Instead, you want to explain what motivated you to apply and what your greatest assets are.
The second paragraph should be your hook. You want to make clear connections about how your strengths will benefit the organization. Some people decide to list their qualifications using bullet points, and this can be a great way to break up large paragraphs. The closing paragraph needs to reiterate your goals and to thank the employer for taking the time to review your application.