A cover letter should always be sent along with your resume when applying for a job or internship. It should be well-written, because it is the first impression a potential employer will have of your. Your cover letter should be written in a way that is specific to the job you are applying for, highlighting the qualifications and skills that make you the ideal candidate for the job.
Always remember that your cover letter is just as important as your resume; in fact, if well-written, your cover letter will entice the reader further to read your resume.
1. Write your cover letter in a concise manner. Keep your information brief and to the point, including only the details necessary to demonstrate your ability to do the job.
2. Use action words. Write in an enthusiastic manner, demonstrating your excitement about the possibility of employment. Use words such as developed, skilled, increased, etc.
3. Keep it simple. Use simple, basic fonts and leave plenty of white space around borders. A clean, professional looking cover letter is what you are striving for.
4. Do not go in to detail. Your cover letter is not where you want to get in to specific detail about previous employment, education or skills. Leave this for your resume, and simply highlight the most essential information that relates directly to the job in your cover letter.
Sample Cover Letter
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:
Express your interest in the position and state that you resume is enclosed for review. Also briefly explain that your experience and qualifications make you the ideal candidate for the job.
Briefly list the requirements of the company if they were stated in the ad, followed by the qualifications you possess that match those requirements. This may be done using bulleted lists as below:
• Exceptional communication and leadership skills
• Responsible for evening customer service staff, capable of addressing, managing and resolving problems
• Two years previous experience
• Excellent leadership and communication skills
• Capable of managing customer service department while problem solving and addressing any customer issues or complaints
• Worked for 3 years in customer service management
Express to the recipient that you appreciate their time in reviewing your credentials and your resume, and thank them for considering your for the job.
Your Typed Name
As you can see, a cover letter like the one above will quickly demonstrate to the recipient your experience, skills and abilities without going in to too much detail.
Check your cover letter for spelling and grammar errors, and edit if necessary. A well-written document describing how your skills relate directly to the position will entice a potential employer to go on and read your resume, putting you at the top of the list of likely job candidates.