Every cover letter should include the name of the position for which you are applying and where you saw it advertised. It’s usually best to include this information in the first letter of your cover letter so that your potential employer knows what you are applying for and how you found out about the position. Keep in mind that they are probably hiring for more than one position, especially if it is a larger company.
Your cover letter should also add value to your resume. That means that it shouldn’t just repeat the information on your resume in a letter. In order to add value, your cover letter needs to have new information in it. The cover letter should be personalized and form a bridge between your “standardized” resume and the position you are applying for. Let your cover letter show how your background is relevant to your resume.
Last, use your cover letter to preview your resume. If your cover letter is written well, the potential employer is more likely to read your resume. Use your cover letter to tease the employer and encourage them to read your resume.
What is a Cover Letter?
If you’ve just recently discovered that you need to write a cover letter, you’re not alone. Everyone knows that they need to have a resume to apply for a job, but it comes as a surprise to many people that they need to send a letter with their resume. So, what is a cover letter?
Simply stated, a cover letter tells the person who is reading your resume why it ended up in their hands. Cover letters are commonly used in business whenever a document is being submitted for review. When the recipient is done reading your resume cover letter, they should know who you are, why they should hire you, and what position you are applying for.
When you write your cover letter, it is very important that you follow the standard business letter format. A poorly written cover letter is almost as bad (if not worse) than not sending a letter at all. Make sure to write the letter to a person and never write ‘to whom it may concern.’
Just an F.Y.I. – If you didn’t know that you needed to write a cover letter, it may also be a surprise that you should be writing follow-up letters, thank you letters, networking letters, acceptance letters, and resignation letters during your job search!