Do you want to learn how to write a killer cover letter and land your perfect job? Let’s break down how to put together a professional cover letter with contact information, personal branding, and a great narrative.
Why is a cover letter important? A cover letter gives you the opportunity to explain anything questionable on your resume – like a gap in employment, a lack of experience in certain areas, etc. Even if a cover letter isn’t required, I would always upload one if possible!
Personally, my style (and industry) can have a more aesthetic and modern design vibe. Depending on the company you are applying to, you may want to have a simple and classic vibe. Read the job description and research the company you are applying to and alter your letter to fit each specific one. Also, pay attention to the specifications of the cover letter. Sometimes, you can upload a PDF, image, or Word Doc. Others may only allow certain file types. Personally, I like PDFs because you control how they look on nearly any screen (example at the bottom). Pro-tip: use a website like Canva to create stunning documents.
I know – all of this can seem time-consuming but it is also well worth it.
First, read and break down the application information and make sure you aren’t missing anything. Some employers will ask obscure questions throughout to ensure you are good at following directions. I have seen questions such as: “What dish would you bring to a potluck?” “What is your favorite movie?” and “What is your best joke?” They may also ask for certain specifications such as previous wages or specific employment dates.
To begin writing, we need to start with a header – just like many other professional letters. This should contain the following: your name, description, and contact information. This could be at the top, bottom, or side of the page.
After the basic information, you want to quickly describe who you are and what you do. We are aiming for clear and concise. They should be able to find most of this information on your resume, so we don’t want to be redundant – just give the most important and outstanding details.
Segway into showing real examples that build your credibility and show that you know what you are doing. Make sure to include examples that are valuable to the job. Even if part of your previous job description was highly important, it might not be pertinent to this new position. This is why reading the job advertisement is highly important.
Invite them to review your resume, where you will give more specific examples of your experience. Reiterate your confidence and/or knowledge in the industry and then kindly thank them for their time. After this, just sign your name and you are golden!
Last but not least – please, please, please PROOFREAD! Nothing looks more unprofessional than spelling errors. If you aren’t good at this, find a friend or family member that would be willing to help. Pro-tip: Grammarly has a free version to help with basic editing.
What are your tips for writing a Cover Letter?
Dear Hiring Manager,
My name is Jane Doe, and I am writing to express interest in the Open Position at Company. I have a Degree in Subject from University. With my Skills/Education, I can tell I would be a great fit at Company.
I would like to take a moment to highlight some of my well sought-after skills:
- Skill One
- Skill Two
- Skill Three
Please view my resume for more detail regarding my previous work/experience/education. Overall, I believe my education/experience has fully prepared me for a position such as your Position. I am confident that I would be a great asset to the Company staff.
After you have reviewed my resume, I hope to meet with you to further discuss this position. Thank you for your consideration.