A cover letter is a letter of introduction that is sent along with your resume to a prospective employer. It offers the employer a summary of your skills, training and experience. A good cover letter outlines the skills you have that match with the employer’s needs. The cover letter can be more personal than a resume, which is formal and point form. A good cover letter inspires and creates interest in the potential employer. You want the employer to want to find out more about you.
4 Elements of a Cover Letter:
- Personal Information-This information includes the employer’s full name, title, address. It is written under the date.
- Opening Paragraph-This paragraph states what your intentions are with this employer, what position you are applying for, who referred you (if applicable), where you found out about the job, and information that may have an impact on the reader.
- Body Paragraph-This paragraph tells the employer about your skills, training, education, experience and how you will match the skills of the job; this paragraph tells the employer why you would be best suited for this job.
- Closing Paragraph-This paragraph states your interest in the position, asks to meet with the employer to further discuss your skills, training, etc.; and you want to make it easy for the employer to contact you. Also, remember to say thank you.
A good cover letter is neat and tidy in appearance. It has no grammatical or spelling mistakes (get someone to read it over before you send it!). It communicates effectively how you would benefit the company; and it compliments your resume. Remember it needs to inspire the potential employer so they want to meet with you and find out more about you.
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