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5 Tips for Building Your Cover Letter
- Tailor your letter for the specific job: No two jobs are exactly the same. Make sure you create different versions of your cover letter to address each job you apply for, pinpointing key words and phrases from the job description that you should integrate with your letter.
- Provide a strong opening: Grab the employer’s attention immediately by establishing a connection between you and the job. If you have a contact within the company you’re applying to, mention it up front. Explain straight out what it is about the job that attracts you.
- Tell your story: Don’t just laundry-list your skills and accomplishments — provide some context and background on how you’ve learned and progressed in your previous job experiences, and give insights to the employer about your strengths and values.
- Tell the employer why you’re the right candidate: Give the employer reasons for why you’re the best person for the job, and why you believe that this is the right next step on your career path.
- Finish strong: Just writing “Thanks for your attention, and I look forward to hearing from you” isn’t enough. Compel recruiters to contact you and continue the conversation, and reiterate what you can bring to the company.
For even more tips to help you craft a perfect cover letter, visit our Cover Letter Tips section.
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Cover Letter FAQ
1. How should I format my cover letter?
First and foremost, make your letter readable. Don’t pack it wall-to-wall with text. Break up your letter into punchy paragraphs that are only a few lines long, with white space between paragraphs to make your document breathe. Also keep your document design clean and straightforward — usually a subtle use of color for the header of the letter is enough. Use a typeface that most readers are familiar with, such as a Times New Roman or Arial font. For more cover letter formatting tips, see our Cover Letter Formatting Basics.
2. How do I strike the right tone in my cover letter?
Your tone will depend on the company’s culture, and your own connections with the company. If you’re applying for the job because you know someone at the organization, keep your tone professional and collegial, explaining your connection up front. Otherwise, base your tone on the image the company projects in public. A creative, out-of-the-box company is more apt to respond to a letter that is professional yet friendly and engaging, while a company with a more traditional or conservative work culture will appreciate a tone that’s more formal. For related tips, visit our Cover Letter Do’s and Don’ts page.
3. How should I address a career change in my letter?
If you’re switching careers and think you might come up short in a few areas in your resume, your cover letter is your chance to provide context for your change, and how you believe you can make a positive impact. Stress skills and experiences from previous jobs that can transfer to a new position, and demonstrate humility and readiness to work a little harder, and pick up new skills quickly. Present yourself as an employee committed to making your new career work, and explain why you think it’s a good fit for you. For more tips about making a career change, see our article 5 Best Cover Letter Writing Tips for a Career Change.
4. How should my cover letter complement my resume?
Don’t just regurgitate the information your resume provides — instead, provide more focus in your cover letter on a few accomplishments and skills that you think represent you best as an employee, and match what the potential job requires. You should also use the cover letter to give employers an idea of who you are as a person, and how you approach work — a little dash of your personality will help you stand out from other applicants. Finally, present yourself as the answer to the question “Are you the best person for the job?” Describe how you can specifically help the company, and the value you can bring to the job. Read this article for more tips on how your cover letter can complement your resume in looks as well as content.
5. What are the major points you should hit in your cover letter?
Boiling a cover letter down to its essentials, make sure you cover these four points:
- Why you want the job
- How you’re prepared to handle the daily requirements of the job
- How you can fit in and adapt to the company’s culture
- How you can help the company move forward
For more guidance on how to best present yourself in your letter, see our article Cover Letter Tips: 4 Showstoppers to Get You Noticed.