How to Create a Cover Letter

A cover letter accompanies your resume. It states your intentions, introduces your voice, highlights specific qualifications and skills. Lastly, it encourages the reader to look at your resume. Your interview starts the moment you apply for an opportunity!

Cover Letter Look & Format:
1. Scannable
Be direct and to the point
3-4 short paragraphs

2. Clean
White space is important!
Avoid italicizing or underlining

3. Keep it Professional
Correct terms (but not jargon)
Consistent, professional font

Parts of a Cover Letter
1. Header
– The header of your cover letter should reflect the organization’s location, hiring manager and the date in which you send in your application. Make sure to do your research before submitting your materials so that you have the most up to date information!
– If the recruiters name is not available, search the organization/company on LinkedIn to see who works there and to get an idea of who might be reading your application

2. Greeting
– Specific name
– Dear Hiring Manager
– Dear Director of Human Resources
– Use a colon or comma

3. Introduction (The Ask)
– State your interest
– Identify connections (if applicable)
– Identify 2-3 skills that make you an excellent fit for the position

4. Body
– States qualifications/skills
– Previous work experience
– Concrete examples
– Impact /results

5. Closing
– Demonstrate research!
– Brand-specific information
– Mission-alignment
– Enthusiasm

6. Thank you
Include closing phrases such as:
– I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.
– Thank you for taking the time to review my credentials.
– Thank you for considering my application.

7. Include signature
– Kind regards,
– Best regards,
– Best,

Cover Letter Building Resources:
How to Write a Cover Letter
Complete guide to writing a cover letter
How to Write a Cover Letter as a College Student
College Student Cover Letter Examples

Make sure to create a new cover letter for each application (but yes, you can use a template). We look forward to helping you get that next big opportunity!

Best,
Let’s Go Team