Writing a clear, strong cover letter will catch the employer’s attention and increase your chances for an interview.
A cover letter introduces you and your resumé or application form. Your goal is to get the employer’s attention by showing how your skills and accomplishments make you a good fit for the job.
- Prepare to write your cover letter
- Cover letter examples
- Checklist for cover letters
- Send your cover letter
Prepare to write your cover letter
Study the job posting to see how many of your skills match what this job needs. Make sure to put these in your letter. Tailor each cover letter to fit the specific job you’re applying for.
Research the company’s goals and activities by exploring its website. If you mention a goal or activity in your letter, you’re showing your interest in the company.
Anticipate the reader’s questions and provide answers. Think about:
- How you would benefit the organization
- Why working there appeals to you
Put these reasons in your letter. Make it easy for the employer to see how and where you would fit in. Remember that a cover letter should entice the employer to read your resumé. It shouldn’t simply repeat the facts already in your resumé.
Cover letter examples
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These examples will help you write your cover letter:
- Cover Letter Outline
- Cover Letter Email Example
- Cover Letter Example 1 from an experienced tradesperson for an advertised position
- Cover Letter Example 2 from a high school student with no paid work experience for an unadvertised position
- Cover Letter Example 3 from an experienced person returning to work after a long absence
Checklist for cover letters
Send your cover letter
In the job posting, employers usually tell you how they want to receive your resumé. Send your cover letter along with your resumé.
An employer may have hundreds of job applications to sort through for one job posting. Get their attention with a strong cover letter that highlights the skills and experiences you can bring to their organization, and you’ll have a higher chance of securing an interview.