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Tips for Writing a Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter is a key step in ones job search!

Clara Nawfal

September 9 2021

Every time you send out a résumé, you'll need to have a great cover letter to send along with it. It's a good idea to customize your cover letter for each job you're applying for. The cover letter is another way of introducing yourself to a potential employer. What it says about you can be the difference between getting in the door and missing your chance.

Follow these tips and techniques for sending a top-notch cover letter, and you will increase your chances of getting an interview.

  1. Select the Right Type of Cover Letter: Be sure to choose a type of cover letter that reflects what you are applying for, why you are writing, and what you are requesting.

  2. Go Beyond Your Resume: Your cover letter should not be just another version of your resume. For your letter, pick two to three skills or abilities you want to highlight. Then offer examples of times you demonstrated those traits.

  3. Write a Custom Cover Letter for Every Job: Take the time to customize your cover letter so it reflects your interest in the specific position and company you're applying to.

  4. Don't Point Out What You're Missing: focus on highlighting the skills and experiences you do have, and explain how they make you a great fit for the job.

  5. Try to Find a Contact Person: If you can’t figure out who will be reading the letter, address your letter with the greeting, “Dear Hiring Manager.”

  6. Format Your Cover Letter Properly: If your cover letter is a bit too long, you can adjust the margins to give yourself more space.

  7. Be Yourself and Show Your Personality: You want your cover letter to be professional, but you also should be clear about what you have to offer the employer, and that's you and your credentials.

  8. Use Cover Letter Examples and Templates: Be sure to change any letter sample to fit your own skills and abilities, and the position you are applying for.

  9. Proofread and Edit Your Letter: Reading your letter out loud is a useful way to check for mistakes.

  10. Follow the Instructions in the Job Posting: The most important part of sending a cover letter is to follow the employer's instructions.

Dear readers, it's important to send your cover letter and resume attachments correctly, to include all the information requested so your message is read, and to let the receiver know how they can contact you to schedule an interview.