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How to write the perfect cover letter

The cover letter is a one-page (max) complement to your resume where you get the chance to show you are the perfect fit for the role. You need to highlight that you have the knowledge and background to do the job well but also show that you are passionate, full of personality and well-informed.

To make this easy for you, we will take you through the step by step process of how to structure your cover letter and 3 tips that will put your cover letter and application in the YES pile.

STEP 1

Include your contact info at the top of your letter (header).

  • First and Last Name
  • Email
  • Phone Number 
City
  • Date

Optional

Street Address + Postal code

Link to your social media accounts

STEP 2

Include a greeting/ salutation.

  • Dear [Hiring Manager]

It’s advised to try to find and include the individuals name so that you can include it.

Try not to use “To Whom it May Concern”.

STEP 3

Introductory Paragraph

In this paragraph, you include the position you are applying for at the company, describe why you are the best person for the job and why you want to work for that specific company.

It’s essential to provide an example of a previous accomplishment or successful project that relates to the job so that you have qualitative & quantitative proof that makes you the ideal candidate.

Additional:

If you received a referral from a current employee at the company, this is your chance to mention them.

STEP 4

Body Paragraph

In this paragraph of the cover letter try not to mention the exact same things you did in your resumes such as your previous experience and responsibilities. Instead, talk about how your past experiences will help you be successful in this position while using keywords from the job description. This is also another chance for you to mention any other accomplishments from your previous jobs.

STEP 5

Closing Paragraph

In the closing paragraph, you should reiterate why you would be a good fit for the positions and your passion for the company. To take the extra step to stand out you should mention how you can bring value to the company if hired.

A nice touch is to thank the reader for the time they took to read your application and invite them to reach out to you if they have any questions or would like to further discuss the prospect of hiring you!

STEP 6

Closing remarks

Most simple and useful endings for a cover letter are

  • Sincerely
  • Best Regards
  • Kind Regards
  • Thank you

And make sure you follow it with your full name.

3 key tips that will put your cover letter and application in the YES pile.

  1. Make sure that there are no typos. Get someone close to you to proofread your cover letter since you never know what you may miss.
  2. Try to be as specific as you can in your cover letter such as including the Hiring Managers name. The goal here is to make your cover letter not seem like a find-replace letter that you would use for multiple jobs.
  3. Try not to list your skills or simply mirror them with the job description. To be memorable, you need to explain in your letter why you are more qualified than the other applications. Show your personality through your letter in a professional manner!