If you are applying for a job on-line either through email or using a form, your cover letter is the first thing an employer looks at. Here are some ways to help you.
- Look at the posting for the job you want to apply for. Follow the instructions for applying. Even if post says cover letter optional, you should write one.
- Make your letter fit that job. Include some of the same words from the employer’s job description. Show why you are interested in the job. Say why you would be good for the employer. Look at the employer’s needs and how your skills fit.
- Use the job title in your cover letter.
- Use easy to read font and simple format.
- Keep cover letter short and less than one page.
- Sell yourself in the second paragraph. Include a skill, accomplishment or project that makes the employer want to learn more about you. Don’t use the word “I” too many times.
- Don’t repeat your resume. The employer will want to look at your resume too.
- Let the employer know that you can come in for an interview and can answer questions about your resume. Many employers want to have a phone interview before an in-person interview is set up.
- Make sure you have correct date, company, name, address, contact name. Check your letter for spelling errors.
- Be sure to include your personal information including name, email address and phone number.
- Send your cover letter and resume as a PDF file. No one will be able to change your cover letter and resume. PDF files are easy to open on any computer.
You may want to look at sample cover letters for more help. Here are some resources: