Sep 28, 2018 - 05:03 PM
For most jobseekers, the answer to “how long is a good cover letter” is nearly always: no longer than one page in length, including header, salutation, and signature fields.
A good cover letter complements your resume, providing the recruiter or hiring manager with a brief, compelling personal introduction to what you want them to find on your resume, and what especially interests you about the role or company.
An effective cover letter typically begins with a short introduction to your resume, which may include a version of your value statement that also appears in the career summary section of your resume, yet is personalized for the role or company. Next, provide a summary of your career accomplishments or experiences that relate specifically to the job requirements. The idea is to highlight the areas where you are an especially good match for the opening. End your cover letter on a high note, by affirming your interest, and encouraging the reader to contact you.
It is a good idea to look at some cover letter examples for your specific role or industry, particularly if you find yourself getting stuck. Consider also using a T-letter cover format to help you map your skills and accomplishments to the job requirements.
Aug 06, 2018 - 09:52 PM
Because your cover letter is likely to be short, it is important to make the most of your words. Use the first paragraph to mention why you want to work for the company, which position you are applying for, and why you decided to apply. In the second paragraph, give the reader a bit of information the indicates what you will bring to the company if you receive a job offer. Both paragraphs should be engaging. Follow the company's tone in terms of creating something that is professional and formal versus casual.