The Cover Letter Serves as the Introduction to a Resume
What to include in a Cover Letter:
- SALUTATION - Address your cover letter to an individual by name if possible. Call the company and ask to whom it should be directed.
- FIRST PARAGRAPH - Explain why you are writing the cover letter. Include the name of the position or type of work for which you are applying and mention how you heard of the opening or organization.
- MIDDLE PARAGRAPH(S) - Explain why you are interested in the position or the organization. State the reasons why you desire this type of employment. Outline your strengths and why you are the best candidate for the position. Discuss briefly your qualifications and experience. Remember to emphasize your abilities, skills, and accomplishments. Be concise and give examples of your work. Don’t reiterate your entire resume.
- CLOSING PARAGRAPH - You may refer the reader to your resume for more details or information about your education and experience. Inquire about scheduling an interview or about the interview process. In some cases, it may be appropriate to state that you will call them on a certain date to follow-up. Thank the reader for considering you for the position. Try to match your strengths to the company’s needs whenever possible.
Points to Remember:
- Include relevant information only
- Keep paragraphs brief and concise
- Stress accomplishments, responsibilities, and marketable skills
- Demonstrate your knowledge about the company
- Suggest how your skills and abilities fit an employer’s needs
- Try to address it to an individual
- Tailor your letter to the organization or position
- Make sure your letter’s style compliments your resume
- Use standard 8 1/2 X 11 paper (same as your resume paper)
- Remember to sign your name, preferably in black ink!
- Don’t ever send your resume without a cover letter
- Don’t use salutations such as “Dear Sir” or “To Whom It May Concern”
- Don’t use clichés such as “Please find my resume enclosed”
- Don’t depend on the employer to take action
- Don’t rewrite your resume