A cover letter is one of the more overlooked aspects of the job searching process. We’ve seen so many people spend so much time on their resume, but rush the cover letter.
We cannot stress enough how important it is to not overlook this part of your career hunt. The cover letter is usually the first thing that the employer reads, so it’s your opportunity to make a great first impression. We’re going to break down the process into 5 easy steps.
The anatomy of a cover letter
Before we even get into the aspects of writing the letter itself, it’s critical that you know how to format it. Employers want to waste as little time as possible, so if you keep everything in orderly fashion, it makes it that much easier to read.
Your Street Address
City, State, Zip Code
Mr. or Ms. Employer
City, State, Zip
Dear Mr. or Ms. Employer,
FIRST PARAGRAPH: In 1-2 sentences, talk about why you are writing the company. Be sure to name the business, the position you’re applying for, and how you heard of the opening. Make sure this first paragraph is not longer than two sentences.
SECOND PARAGRAPH: In 4-6 sentences, talk about at least two qualifications that you think would be of value to the company. Be sure to craft it to fit the employer’s point of view, and not your own. If you have type of specialized training at the position, address it. Lastly, give a detailed response a piece of information stated in your resume. This gives the company an idea of what they’re about to see.
THIRD PARAGRAPH: In 1-2 sentences, thank the employer for taking the time to read your cover letter and resume. Close it out by either making an actual request for an interview, or let them know that you look forward to hearing back about the status of your application.
Your name (typed)