What are the suggestions for writing a cover letter? And, what are the elements that the employers are looking for?
I was trying to apply for an internship position, and it asked me to submit a cover letter, but I didn't know where I should get start with. #professional #counselor #hiring #recruiter
When applying for a job, a cover letter looks like this:
It has a business letter format.
It has 3 paragraphs, and a professional closing/signature.
Paragraph 1: what position you are applying for, and how you found out about it
Para 2: why YOU are the ideal candidate for the position
Para 3: Ask for the interview: "My resume is enclosed for your review. I look forward to meeting with you to...."
Paragraph 2 is difficult to write.It should contain information that makes it clear that you have a solid understanding of what the company does and what the position entails. It should also show what experience you bring to the position that fits it with what they are trying to accomplish. Because of this, each cover letter should be personally written for the position that you are applying for..
For additional help, see gotresumebuilder.com which includes several coverletter templates.
A cover letter has always been challenging for me because it is supposed to be fairly brief, while also getting the point across that you are the right fit for the role you are applying for. I typically introduce myself and go over my professional experience in the first paragraph. In the second paragraph, I usually highlight my skill-set as it applies to the position and explain why I would be perfect for the position. I will also address any shortcomings I may have and explain how I will overcome them. Lastly, I will give my availability for an interview and provide my contact information.
Michelle recommends the following next steps:
First of all, I want to say that a Cover letter could sometimes help you to get a job, it is a business letter that you will send with your Resume. You could find it as an opportunity to write your achievements and results (in previous experience or as a participant in some project which is relevant to that specific job).
It is also important that the Cover Letter is something that you write for the specific company, it is better to write a not-too-long letter for the position for which applied than to use templates that you could find on the internet.
As it is mentioned in previous answers, the Cover letter should have 3 parts:
1. introduce yourself in a few sentences
2. express why you are interested in the position and why you find it a good fit for you (and why you are a good fit for the company or the position)
3. final part (share how the recruiter could contact you or ask for more information).
*Ask yourself why you want to join the company, write it on paper and it will give you already the material for the Cover letter. And of course, good luck!