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How To Write A Cover Letter

Know Your Audience & Create A Connection

The first step regardless of experience is to try and find out to whom you are writing your cover letter. For most job applications nowadays you will be sending your cover letter through an automated system online. In these cases, it is alright to address your letter to an unspecified person, such as “To Whom It May Concern”. If at all possible though, try to find out the name of the actual manager in charge, either through LinkedIn or a company Google search. This will make the cover letter more personal.

In your opening paragraph you will want to create a connection between yourself and the person reading your cover letter. You can do this by providing two key pieces of information: how you find out about the job opening and the position to which you are applying.

If a friend or family member has referred you and has specifically told you to mention their name, this is the place to name-drop. This can also be important if your application is going to a human resources department that may need to track their recruitment process.

Use The Job Listing As Your Guide

You will also need to mention the position name and any corresponding number from the job application or listing. This information will help the hiring manager process applications more efficiently, especially if they happen to be hiring for multiple positions.

The body of your paragraph will need to elaborate, using specific details, why you are a great fit for the position.

Study the job listing and try to find any related experience you can possibly think of. I have found that with most job listings the job duties and responsibilities will give you more of an idea if you are qualified as opposed to the qualification requirements.

At some level, you have to rid yourself of this notion that no work experience = no experience. You must begin to think of other ways besides paid employment to explain how you are of use to a company.

If you truly have no work experience then you can draw from your education, whether it be college or high school. Again, look through the job listing for skills that are transferable – skills that you have to use no matter what industry a job is in. Does the job listing mention needing to have your own transportation & the need for employees to be dependable? Specifically address how you meet that criteria in your letter.

Transferable Skills With Lots Of Detail!

A lot of entry level jobs will have transferable skills and skills specifically based around a worker’s attitude and seriousness towards employment. These are the skills you will be addressing. Again, if we were to take our school experience as an example, maybe there was a time when you improved a grade dramatically over the course of a semester. Or maybe it has nothing to do with school and you use related experiences from managing time mowing lawns over the summer or babysitting the neighborhood kids.

Some may think it would be inappropriate and unprofessional to mention these things but I find that people would rather see you be able to put something together explaining yourself and your work ethic rather than saying things like, “I know I don’t have any experience but I’ll work really hard”.

There’s also the human element that can become a factor when you reach into untapped areas of experience. You cannot write as if you are writing to a robot with no emotions. There are plenty of stereotypes regarding how hiring managers handle applications, and they can often be true. But don’t underestimate what a unique story of building related experience can do to wake a hiring manager up as they slog through thousands upon thousands of job applications.

Research The Company And Understand Their Unique Story

The body of your cover letter should also include reasons why you want to work for their company specifically over other companies in the industry. Research the company through a Google search and find out about the company through their website, if they have one. What are their values? What are their goals? Who are the big shots in the company and what are they saying in social media? All of these questions and more are opportunities for you to create a special connection with the reader that hiring managers may be looking for.

For example, some companies will list the charity work they do either locally or nationally. If it’s important for you to work for a company that gives back, specifically mention that – especially if you have similar experience (say, doing volunteer work for that charity, or charities like it).

Once you’ve wrapped up the body of your letter, you’ll want to finish with a small one or two sentence paragraph. Your closing should include a notification of how and when you intend to follow up (usually a week or so, unless told otherwise in the job listing) and your phone number along with your availability for an interview. Also, do not forget to thank them for their time and consideration.

Cover Letter Samples For Job Applications

The samples below will give you some idea about what to write and how to phrase certain qualifications and experience. Use these samples as a starting point, but make each cover letter your own.

Cover Letter Sample 1

Cover Letter Sample 1 Full Text

Your Name
Your Address

Date

Name of Hiring Manager
Title
Company Name
Address
City, State, Zip Code

 

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

I am writing in response to your position posted on Craigslist.com for the customer service position. I have enclosed my resume for your consideration.

I have four years of work experience in the field of customer service, all within the insurance industry. During that time I have been responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction on every call. I also handle a daily backlog of outbound calls that address multiple areas of customer need.

I am currently attending courses to get my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and have already taken courses involving customer & client interactions. I have also been trained in several computer programs you mentioned in your advertisement. My education, along with my past experience, would allow me to really excel in the customer service position at XYZ company.

I would enjoy the opportunity to discuss my qualifications with you further. You can reach me via phone at (555) 555-5555 or by e-mail at email@email.com. Thank you for your time.

 

Respectfully yours,

Handwritten Signature (for a mailed letter)

Typed Signature or Name

Cover Letter Sample 1 Details

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Cover Letter Sample 2

Cover Letter Sample 2 Full Text

Your Name
Your Address

Date

Name of Hiring Manager
Title
Company Name
Address
City, State, Zip Code

 

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

This letter is in reference to the management position listed through the local career center. I have become familiar with the recent growth of your company and I am confident that my areas of strength would be a large benefit to your company.

I am able to lead teams of many sizes to meet pressure packed deadlines. My past experience leading a team of ten involving web development projects has prepared me for the challenges involved in taking the next step in my career with XYZ Company.

With my ability to handle pressure, I am also able to better balance the follow-up pressures of my staff. I myself however know that my role with your company would involve working beyond the traditional work week of forty hours. I am ready and willing to take on that and any ensuing challenges.

I would greatly appreciate your consideration of my credentials. I will call your office next week to confirm that you received this letter, as well as my resume. If you would like to contact me before then, I can be reached at (555) 555-5555.

 

Respectfully yours,

Handwritten Signature (for a mailed letter)

Typed Signature or Name

 

Cover Letter Sample 2 Details

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Total Downloads: 487

File Name: resume_cover_letter_sample_2.docx

Sample Resume Cover Letter Format Template

The cover letter format template gives you an idea of how to structure and address your cover letter. Unlike the samples above, this template is more focused on showing you how to lay out and format a cover letter.

Cover Letter Format Template 1

Cover Letter Format Template 1 Full Text

Your Name
Your Address

Date

Employer Contact Information
Name
Title
Company
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Salutation
Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

Body of Cover Letter
The body of your cover letter lets the employer know what position you are applying for, why the employer should select you for an interview, and how you will follow-up.

First Paragraph:
The first paragraph of your letter should include information on why you are writing. Mention the position you are applying for. Include the name of a mutual contact, if you have one. Be clear and concise regarding your request. Convince the reader that they should grant the interview or appointment you requested in the first paragraph.

Middle Paragraphs:
The next section of your cover letter should describe what you have to offer the employer. Make strong connections between your abilities and their needs. Mention specifically how your skills and experience match the job you are applying for. Remember, you are interpreting your resume, not repeating it. Try to support each statement you make with a piece of evidence. Use several shorter paragraphs or bullets rather than one large block of text.

Final Paragraph:
Conclude your cover letter by thanking the employer for considering you for the position. Include information on how you will follow-up. State that you will do so and indicate when (one week’s time is typical). You may want to reduce the time between sending out your resume and follow up if you fax or e-mail it.

Complimentary Close:
Respectfully yours,

Signature:
Handwritten Signature (for a mailed letter)
Typed Signature

Cover Letter Sample 2 Details

File Size: 16.0 KB

Total Downloads: 813

File Name: resume_cover_letter_template_1.docx

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