Cover Letter 101



Do I need a Cover Letter?

Not all positions require a cover letter. If the company is interested in a cover letter, they will ask for one by providing a space in the application for a cover letter. If there is no space to submit a cover letter in the application, don’t write one; focus on the resume.


Writing a Cover Letter

Goal: Uniquely illustrate why you are the best candidate for the position

· Keep it to one page (two-four paragraphs)

· Respond to the tone and skills represented in the job description.

· Include an introduction paragraph, a few supporting paragraphs, finally, a closing few sentences.

· Your supporting paragraphs should speak to how your skills, experiences, and achievements directly correlate to the job description.

Contrary to the name “cover” letter, an optional cover letter will be used as a supporting document to your resume and looked at second. Employers have no interest in reading a cover letter that is not relevant to their hiring position. Therefore, it’s crucial to tailor the cover letter to each employer.


Hint: Make the recruiter’s job as easy as possible! Ensure the cover letter is clear and concise, and it is evident to the reader how you add value and why you are an excellent fit for the role.


To start:

Create a general resume draft you can easily edit. The draft will include creating opening and closing paragraphs and strong examples of your achievements.


Writing Achievements

Result + Action + Task


Example:

Increase retention rate from 55% to 75% by build and maintain strong, long-lasting client relationships through client meetings, networking events, and outreach.


Result: Increase retention rate from 55% to 75%

Action: build and maintain strong, long-lasting client relationships

Tasks: client meetings, networking events, and outreach.

Personalize: Next, personalize the cover letter, seeing as you are writing a letter to a specific reader! Do adequate research on the company (mission/vision statements), team structure, and the position, and insert your knowledge in appropriate areas. Lastly, don’t forget to illustrate your confidence and excitement for the role!

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