Your cover letter is an introduction to Human Resources representatives and Hiring Managers. They are looking at your qualifications, personality, and communication skills. A compelling cover letter can set you apart from other applicants and land a phone call with the company.
A cover letter should be one page and a few paragraphs. Think of stories that will showcase why you are a good fit for the role. Employers are evaluating why you want to work at the company and how you are qualified for the role.
Here are 7 steps to draft your winning cover letter:
1. List your name and contact information on the top of your cover letter. Some people like to use the same format on their resume to list their contact information.
2. Put the date you are sending the letter. This should be separate from your contact information and before you start your letter.
3. Start the cover letter with an introduction. Start with a "Dear" or "Hello" with the company representatives name. If you are unsure of who the point of contact is then "To whom it may concern" will also work.
4. Your first paragraph should include the reasons you're applying to the role and why the position excites you.
5. The second paragraph should list your relevant skills and accomplishments. You can find the relevant skills and accomplishments by reviewing the job description. The keywords and qualifications you read on the job description are areas you should highlight in your cover letter. Provide examples of how you demonstrated these skills. The examples provided should be in addition to the experience listed on your resume.
6. The last paragraph should recap why you are a great fit for the role. You should also include a call to action for the employer. State that you are excited to hear back from the employer and are willing to give more information if needed.
7. End the cover letter with your signature. Before signing your name add "Sincerely" or "All the best" in front.