How to Write a Cover Letter
A cover letter is a document sent with your resume to provide additional information on your skills and experience. The letter typically provides detailed information on why you are qualified for the job you are applying for.
Tips and Guidelines:
1. Start your cover letter with a simple, 1-2 sentence introduction. Your introduction should include: 1) Name of position you are applying for 2) Where you saw the open position advertised 3) A statement expressing an interest in the position and that you look forward to learning more about the company (optional).
2. Explain why you want to work for the new employer and highlight some reasons why you are ideal for the position. Do not be afraid to speak highly of yourself and list your outstanding skills and experience. Remember that this is also a sample of your writing skills, so be sure to edit your paragraphs. Some ideas for statements include: a) State that you are a strong candidate for the position b) State 1-2 experiences, skills or traits you have that are relevant to the open position. c) List at least one specific previous position you’ve held that is relevant.
3. Help your potential future employer get to know you a bit more. Here are some ideas for your optional second paragraph: a) Explain something you’ve done very recently that is relevant to the requirements of the open position. b) Add some information about your relevant education or something unique and special to help you stand out from the crowd. c) Brag a little! Share a major achievement.
4. At the close of your cover letter, mention that you have references available and/or portfolio samples of your previous work. Thank the potential employer for their time and end on an enthusiastic note. Sign your letter.