|Cover letters provide a personal touch to your resume and can improve your overall chances. A cover letter is your chance to explain to an employer why they should consider you for the position. Your cover letter is a sales tool and should be tailored for the position you seek. |
Tips for writing a cover letter:
Items to include
- Hiring person's full name, title, company name, and address.
- Your full name, address, and contact information.
- Use formal greeting (Mr., Ms, Dr.)
- Customize the letter for the department and position you seek. Avoid form letters.
- Focus your letter on how you can benefit the organization.
- Ensure the letter is professional, not just "job seeking".
- Address the job requirements stated and how your qualifications meet these requirements.
Items to NOT include
- No long cover letters. 1 page cover letters max. Brief, well written letters provide more than enough information.
- Don't forget to check spelling and grammar.
- Don't address the person by first name.
- Don't use overused statements such as "I'm applying for the position on your web site".
Keep copies of everything and be sure to follow up 3-4 business days later.