Graduation season is upon us, and millions of high school and college graduates will soon join the job search and, ultimately, the U.S. workforce. Here are some tips for writing a compelling cover letter to help you stand out from the expanding crowd of job hunters.
1. Always include a cover letter along with your resume. Your cover letter serves as your introduction and provides you with the opportunity to express your enthusiasm toward applying your skills with the company where you are applying.
2. Research the business as much as possible before writing your cover letter. The more you know about a company or organization, the more your enthusiasm for joining their team will come through.
3. Customize each letter for each position. While you can reuse some basic information (skills that transfer across various positions), the message of your cover letter should be targeted to each specific employer.
4. Find out the name of the person who will read your letter. Be more person by not addressing your letter “To Whom It May Concern,” or “Dear Hiring Manager.”
5. Focus on how hiring you will benefit the company throughout your cover letter to the end. This goes hand in hand with research, demonstrating how you can help them reach the goals or missions of the business. Distinguish yourself from the crowd by highlighting your skills and experiences that other applicants may not possess.
6. Keep your cover letter to one page, and your paragraphs short. Your letter will be easy to read and to the point. Please also be sure to proofread, as nothing will turn a potential employer off more than a cover letter full of typos.
7. Anytime you apply online, make your cover letter text the body of your email and your resume the attachment. When sending your cover letter in this format, you can leave out your address, the company address, and the date. When sending your cover letter in an email, you just need a professional greeting and salutation