How to Write a Cover Letter
There are three common ways you can get an interview: through a cover letter, a resume letter or a telephone call. Cover letters are the most common of the three, and most professional job seekers write cover letters to accompany their resumes. Take note that a cover letter is actually a personal and professional sales presentation from you to the prospective employer. Start planning to write your cover letter by carefully reading your resume. Select at least three aspects of your work experience, achievements, or abilities to include in your letter that will demonstrate how well you are suited for the job.
Listed below are guidelines to writing a cover letter:
- There are three basic parts to a cover letter:
- Introduction: state the purpose for the letter and explain your interest in the company.
- Sales pitch: present your qualifications and give examples of your experience. Write about specific accomplishments to highlight your qualifications.
- Wind up and close: aim for an interview by restating in one sentence what you can do for the company. Restate how interested you are in working for the company. Close the letter by aiming for an interview with the prospective employer.
- When you write your cover letter, remember the following details:
- Always mail a cover letter with your resume.
- Always address your cover letter to a department head or the president of the company.
- Call to confirm the name of the person who should receive your letter.
- Confirm the spelling and pronunciation of the name of the person to whom you will be mailing the letter.
- Confirm the title of the person to whom you will be mailing the letter.
- Highlight your residency if you live in the same city in which the company is located.
- Mail an original copy of your letter, not a photocopy to the prospective employer.
- Sign your cover letter with a blue or black ink pen.
- Be sure the envelope is typed, not hand-addressed.