Sure, some companies genuinely may not care if you include a cover letter, otherwise known as a letter of application, or not, but most hiring managers use this as a way to weed out applicants long before anyone in HR starts sending out emails. They know candidates that care about the job will go the extra mile, and the cover letter is your chance to make a strong first impression. Although there are as many ways to write a cover letter as there are to skin a cat, the best way is often the simplest way. Here are 10 things you need to know about writing a great cover letter. Let's get into it!
How to Write a Cover Letter in 6 Simple Steps
Cover Letter Examples for Every Job Search
Below is a standard outline for cover letters that you can follow for a first draft. We encourage you to get your cover letter critiqued by a counselor or Career Services Ambassador. First paragraph Purpose : State why you are writing and the type of position or field of work in which you are interested. Indicate how you learned of this position. If there is not a specific position available, indicate how your interest originated.
How Do I Make an Outline on My Chosen Career Field?
If you want to succeed in your chosen career field, you need to establish goals. Without them, you lack focus and may move aimlessly from job to job, making no headway in your career. Part of the process of setting goals is an outline that details the steps in your career path necessary to fully realize all your aspirations. Start with your ultimate goal. Identify the fundamental goal for your career path and work backwards.
A cover letter is a living document that often accompanies a resume. It gives job seekers the opportunity to elaborate on work experience, explain their goals, and show personality. Most of all, cover letters give you a chance to connect your skills to the company's needs. A little cover letter trivia to blow your mind: cover letters are rarely read before the resume as the term implies.