So you have been searching for an internship or a job for weeks when you finally find that perfect position that makes you just want to scream! You are ready to submit all of your professional documents and just start the interview process. Résumé check. References check. Cover Letter? Like what? Is that even a thing?
Yes, cover letters are actual things and they are important professional documents known as standard business letters that serve as an introduction to your résumé and as a tool to market yourself to employers. It is important to remember that many applicants will submit cover letters as well so it is crucial to make yours stand out. Here are tips that can help make your cover letter one of a kind!
- Introduction Paragraph:
- Why are you writing? Specifically mention the position and company you are applying to
- Make a connection with the reader by mentioning a common professional acquaintance or by expressing your interest in the company/organization
- Conclude the paragraph with a statement similar to a thesis statement, indicating the skills you are going to address in the next two paragraphs
- Body Paragraphs:
- Show that you can do the job by providing specific examples of past work, internship, volunteer, leadership, or classroom experiences to illustrate that you have the skills from the position description
- Explain why you are a PERFECT FIT for this position and this organization
- Explain how you can add value to the company, and why you want to work there specifically
- Closing Paragraph:
- Thank the employer for looking over your application materials, and reiterate your interest in the position and/or organization
- Express your willingness to follow up with more information if needed
These tips will help you develop a cover letter but the step to help you make it amazing requires you to come to the Center for Career Development for a cover letter critique. This one on one appointment is your opportunity to have someone look over your cover letter before you submit it.