Hey Guys! So, you’ve all read Megan’s post, 10 pieces of advice for getting a job. Well, today I am here to help you with your cover letter. Now something important to remember is that every profession is different. This is just a guide line/starting point for you.

Cover Letter Tips

First,

Start of with the date. Follow this with who you are writing and their business address.

Format:

[Date]

 

[To whom it may concern]  ALWAYS research for the name of who will be reading you letter

[Business Name]

[Street Address]

[City, State and Zip Code]

Second,

Start off your letter strong by having the name of your contact. DO NOT HAVE “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN” By having their name it shows interest in the company, oppose to this is something that was just sent out to everyone looking to fill this type of position.

For the Body,

For your first paragraph start with how you found out about the job. Follow this with why you are interested in the position with this company. This will be a shorter paragraph.

To start off your second paragraph talk about what this job can do for you. Then go into your experience, certificates, awards, etc… This can be two paragraphs long.

For the final paragraph state when you are available for an interview and your contact information. End with restating your interest in the position and that you look forward to hearing from them in the future.

Signature,

You should sign off with something that fits you. I, personally, use Cordially. Several others I know use, Best Regards. There are several ways to sign off. Find one that fits you. Leave a space for your actual signature and then type your name underneath. I typically leave about 3 lines for my signature. I have scanned my signature into the computer so that I don’t have to print and sign every letter. No matter how you do it, YOU NEED YOUR SIGNATURE ON THE LETTER!

General Formatting,

Your letter should be single spaced, and either left aligned or boxed aligned. You should always send it as a pdf.

Now this is for a full letter. There are some cases where you should condense your cover letter and simply make it an email with your resume attached. This is where you need to research the position you are applying for and your field that you are looking for work in.

What do you put in your cover letters?

Let us know below!!

-Katy

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