A cover letter introduces you and your qualifications to a potential employer. It gives the employer a taste of your writing ability and why you think you fit the job. Look at it like a preview to a movie. If it doesn’t spark your interest, chances are you won’t watch it. Well, the same applies to employers when they read your cover letter, so make it count!
A good cover letter should make the employer:
- Want to learn more about you
- Read your resume to get more details about you
- Invite you for an interview
Here are some tips when crafting your cover letter:
- Check out these samples and useful instructions
- Print out this checklist so you know you covered everything
- Customize! Research the employer and job description and tailor your letter in a way that best showcases your qualifications for that particular job
- Always address your letter to the Hiring Manager. If you don’t have their name, call the company and ask, Google it or search for it on LinkedIn
Thank You Letters
After you’ve interviewed for a job, it’s important to follow-up with the interviewer with a thank you letter. It may seem old-fashioned, but these serve several important purposes, including:
- Showing gratitude for the employer’s time and for their interest in you
- Reminding the employer why you are a good candidate
- Sharing something you may have forgotten or thought of after the interview
- Providing any information the employer may have requested
- Demonstrating that you are conscientious and polite – qualities employers are looking for!
- A hard copy mailed letter is most appropriate and preferred unless you’re specifically told to communicate through email
- Handwritten letters are more personal and can be used to make brief notes to multiple people you met at the interview
- Keep the letter short
That’s it! If you still have any questions, check out this Thank You letter sample before you send yours.