Aug 23, 2018 - 10:27 PM
The first paragraph of your paragraph should let the reader know why you have plans to apply for the job. For example, if you are a salesperson, you might mention that you have over a decade of experience in sales and after finding the posting on an online job board, you knew you were the right fit for the job.
The second paragraph of your cover letter should go over your qualifications and emphasize why your skills match what the employer is looking for. This portion of your cover letter can extend into another paragraph if need be. Finally, the last paragraph of your cover letter should thank the reviewer for their time and provide information about the best way to reach you.
Feb 07, 2019 - 02:54 PM
A good cover letter is always one page. You need to provide an immediate understanding of your value and how your background and achievements will make a sizable impact in the role. Your cover letter should complement your resume – not mimic it. Tell a compelling story (in three to four paragraphs) about why you are the best candidate for the job.
The cover letter is not the place to regurgitate the same information the reader will find in your resume—this has been mentioned already but it bears repeating. Rather, the cover letter offers you an opportunity to demonstrate your writing skills while providing other information that helps you stand out as an applicant. When writing the cover letter, you must do two things: connect your background to the position for which you are applying and also demonstrate that you know something about the company. Do not underestimate the value of discussing something you know about the company and its goals. By doing so, you demonstrate to the reader that you have done your research – you understand the company’s mission, vision and values. Once you have done that, you should then tie your own experiences, interests and goals to those key areas. You will then have an effective letter that highlights your key skills, knowledge of the company, and how your background fits within their paradigm. Your cover should provide clear, attention-getting information that supports your professional brand.