A cover letter can be considered just as important as a resume, detailing an applicant’s accomplishments, qualifications and skills, based on a position’s known responsibilities. By creating a custom cover letter for each job (watch the Career Clip on How to Write a Thank You Note), hiring managers will better understand an applicant’s professional experience. While developing your cover letter, be sure to differentiate yourself from other applicants by describing your skills and experience in the best manner possible.
Cover Letter Structure
- Basic information such as your name and contact information. Be sure to address the correct recruiter recipient.
- State your purpose. Indicate why you’re applying to the position, where you found it, and what makes you a strong candidate.
- Include work experience that qualifies you as the perfect candidate for their specific needs.
- Thank the reader for their time and reiterate your interest in the position.
- Close with your signature.
Cover Letter Tips
- Personalize your own qualifications to match the job role. By clearly conveying how you will be an asset to the team, the hiring manager will likely have an easier time viewing you in the position.
- Research the company to learn specific information that can be used in the cover letter to display your knowledge and understanding of the position.
- Use key words from the job description to enhance your qualifications with their needs in mind.
- Focus on the employer needs, then match your appropriate qualifications.
- Proofread and ensure the letter is free of any spelling or grammatical errors.
Based on feedback from our employer partners, an extensive range of cover letter samples can be found below.