Aug 06, 2018 - 04:54 AM
Startups tend to thrive on an energetic spirit of creativity and innovation. Your letter should showcase your high level of motivation and your personal investment in the startup's goals. Explain why this startup's mission speaks to you on an individual level. These companies don't just want employees who are good at their jobs – they want people who see what they do as more than just a nine-to-five.
This, of course, does not mean you should not discuss your qualifications. Mention the achievements, experience, and knowledge that make you a great fit for the company. Do your research: just because a startup may have some unconventional characteristics does not mean you get to throw out everything you ever learned about cover letters. Review some basic cover letter rules to make sure you produce a great letter that helps you achieve your career goals.
Sep 04, 2018 - 06:41 PM
You write a good cover letter for a startup by showing your passion for the startup’s mission, as well as the role that you’re applying for. If you’ve been a satisfied user/customer and have followed the startup like a faithful basset hound since their beginnings, then briefly note that in your cover letter. But just like when you apply to a non-startup company, you need to highlight how your skills/education/achievements align with the startup’s needs, and the role’s needs. This is the most important thing to do with any cover letter!
Don’t be afraid to showcase some of your more unique abilities, and if the startup is a creatively based one, consider adding some humor/creativity (but not too much) to your cover letter. The nature of startup work typically involves dealing with change (lots of it), shifting priorities, and from time to time, wearing a few different hats all at once. Emphasizing your team player attitude, plus a willingness to take on a variety of tasks (even some that might not be 100% tied to the role you’re applying for) can really help set you apart from the competition.
Aim to address your cover letter to a specific person (ideally, the hiring manager), and make sure your cover letter has these five crucial ingredients: an opening greeting; an opening paragraph; two-to-three body paragraphs; and a closing paragraph. Make sure your closing paragraph reiterates your interest in both the startup and the role!