|How to write a cover letter
|Using a cover letter allows employers to get a general idea about yourself and tells the reader what kind of employee you are likely to be. It is very important that you use correct grammar and spelling when writing a cover letter because it expresses your attention to detail and professionalism. Below is the basic format of a cover letter.
EMPLOYER'S NAME (Be sure to address the employer properly i.e Mr./Ms.)
DEAR Mr./Ms. EMPLOYER's NAME:
In this section you are telling the employer why you are writing to them. This basically tells the employer what position you are interested in and why you are applying for it. You should keep this about 2-3 sentences long. In this section make sure to tell the employer how you found out about the position. Do some research on the company and talk specifically about how you got interested in their company or organization. Remember make it short and sharp but to the point.
In this paragraph you are telling the employer why you think you're a qualified candidate for the position. Try to point out some of your best attributes and skills as they relate to the job being applied for. Highlight your experiences and/or accomplishments and provide examples to support your points. Make sure you really knock down the first sentence in this paragraph for it's what tells the employer of the bat that you mean business. You basically want to sell yourself and showoff your skills/qualifications in a nutshell. In the body of the paragraph all you you need to do is back up what you've just claimed. Cite specific experiences, internships and/or projects related the to the job. Try using really detailed examples. This paragraph is usually the most lengthy of all.
Now in about 2-4 sentences paragraph refer to your attached resume, and request an interview. Give the employer a specific time frame when they should expect to hear from you. It is very important that you thank the employer for his/her time and consideration.
* Keep your letter short and simple. You're not writting a novel. Employers usually throw away or overlook cover letter's that are too lengthy.
* Have a career center evaluate your cover letter and give you advice on how to improve it. More help wouldn't hurt. Colleges usually provide free pointers at the career center so make sure you visit it. As a student, you're paying for it.
* Do research on the company and find details on the position. This will allow you to write a more personal cover letter to the employer.
* Make sure your spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation are on point. Cover letters are a reflection of your writing skills and it tells the employers whether you're careful/careless, professional/non-professional etc.