Cover letters introduce your story and create a first impression for employers. They link your resume to the position, showcasing your knowledge of the organization and highlighting relevant skills. Start by researching the organization, considering what intrigues you and what you have to offer.
WHAT TO INCLUDE
Your cover letter should include 3-4 paragraphs. Answer some of these questions to help you consider what you want to say in each paragraph.
- Paragraph 1: Why are you interested in this position/this organization? What in the posting made you say “I’ve got to apply!”?
- Paragraphs 2-3: What 2-3 experiences connect your skills to those listed in the position? What made you say “I can do that!”?
- Paragraph 4: What final point do you want to make?
QUICK FORMATTING TIPS
- Font: 10 to 12 point, in the same font as your resume.
- Paper: The same as your resume — a quality bond.
- Margins: 1 or 1.25 inches.
- Layout: Left justified, beginning no more than 2 inches from the top.
- Style: Positive language, confident but not imposing, concise with supporting detail, written in active verb voice.