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Cover Letters

Cover Letter Paragraphy Guidelines

A cover letter should include 3-4 paragraphs:

1) Introduction:

Generally, introduce yourself and explain briefly why you are applying. Usually only 2-3 sentences!

2) Qualifications and Selling Pitch:

Use this space to highlight 2-3 of your accomplishments and explain how you are qualified for the job.

3) Conclusion

Optionally, briefly explain why you are excited to work for the company. Thank the employer for their time and leave your contact information.


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If anything, cover letters can be harder to create than resumes. Here are some tips to help get you started:

  • Go Beyond Your Resume: You cover letter should not just be a summary of your resume. Consider your cover letter as your letter of introduction. Tell employers why you would be valuable to their company or organization. Pick 2 or 3 relevant accomplishments to highlight.
  • Write a Custom Cover Letter for Each Job: Do your homework before applying for the job. Try to mention specific details about the company in your letter. Where can you help them? A hiring manager will spot a generic cover letter immediately, and your application will end up in the trash.
  • Try to Find a Contact: When it comes to cover letters, writing a personalized letter is key. Research the company and try to personally address your letter to the correct manager. Have a contact inside the company? Mention who referred you for the job.
  • Format Your Letter Correctly: Use formal business letter formatting, including the date and contact information of the employer at the top of your letter. Also, keep it brief! A cover letter should never be longer than one page.

Cover Letter Dos and Don'ts

Do Don't

Mention anyone who referred you for the job. Also, why does the company appeal to you?

Use the word "I" too often. It's not about you, it's about the company!
Use active verbs like "completed", "earned" or "accomplished". Mention pay or salary.
Keep it to one page - it should only be 3 to 4 paragraphs. Say you could fill any number of rolls within the company.
Address your letter to a specific person, if at all possible. Mention anything negative about your current or former company.
Ask someone you know to proof read it! Repeat or summarize your resume.