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!
Aug 06, 2018 - 04:54 AM