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what should I include in the outline of a cover latter?

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Rahila’s Answer

A cover letter is your opportunity to articulate your unique value to employers and share why you are interested in a particular role or employer. You can also leverage the cover letter as a demonstration that you have done your homework on the company and/or role. Utilize information you have gathered from the company's website, job description, and/or informational interview(s) to specifically explain why you are applying to the company/role and how your experiences and skills align with the needs of the business.

Here is a link to a helpful site with some examples: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-write-a-cover-letter-31-tips-you-need-to-know
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Andrew’s Answer

Hi Zeeshan, that's a great question! Where your resume gives a potential employer information about yourself with your job experiences and other skills, the cover letter is an opportunity for you to show how you are a great fit for the specific role and company. I would recommend looking at 2 line items in the responsibilities/qualities portion of the job description and then match those to your personal experiences or passions in the letter. For example, if the job description says "event logistics", you can talk about an event you did and how you planned and executed it. If you don't have professional experience, your examples can be school projects, volunteering, or other things you are passionate about. You can also talk about how you are a great fit for the company, by comparing yourself and your passions and interests to their mission or products.

I would also agree with Rahila and Robin that The Muse is an excellent resource for all things job search-related. They have great articles on resume writing, cover letters, and interview prep as well. I use it regularly in my own career. Good luck in your job search!
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Robin’s Answer

I agree with the previous answers. Keep in mind, the cover letter is a highlight of your experience/education for that specific position and why you're right for the company. It's not a dissertation on everything about your accomplishments and everything you know about the employer. You should include enough information to pique interest while keeping the letter engaging and short. Employers don't have time to wade through long cover letters.

This site - https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-write-a-cover-letter-31-tips-you-need-to-know - has very good tips on the elements of good cover letters, from the opening to the closing sentences. Check it out as well as some of the previously mentioned sites on cover letters.
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Sylvia’s Answer

Hi Zeeshan, cover letter is an opportunity to highlight why you are suitable for this job. So it's important to catch the eye of the interviewer that you should only mention what would really make you stand out and don't just use some very general description to describe yourself, instead you should give some more specific example that shows how unique and how suitable you are for this position.
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Steve’s Answer

A cover letter is your first opportunity to introduce/sell yourself to a potential employer. You should include what you bring to the table and why you think you are a fit for the position. You also want to ensure that you are being specific to how you fit the position. As others have stated there are tons of examples of cover letters and templates that you can use but make sure you are completing yours unique to the position you are applying for.
Thank you comment icon I will use this advice as I prepare for my career. Zeeshan
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Andrew’s Answer

Hi Zeeshan,
There have been some great responses already.

Simply put, a cover letter should summarize in a clear and concise manner why you are the right person for the job. Look at the job description and pull out 2 - 3 key requirements or experiences they are looking for. You should then explain what experience you have that aligns to those requirements.

Your resume will then further expand upon those experiences and highlight the accomplishments, certifications and/or projects that back up your cover letter statements

A poorly written cover letter can actually stop someone from ever looking at your resume so spend the time necessary to ensure it conveys the right message.

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Gemma’s Answer

Important things to consider when writing a cover letter :
- Specific to type of role, cover letters not always essential
- Do your research and customise the cover letter to the company you're applying for and specifics to the role
- Include an outline of achievements relevant to the role, don't tell a story, be precise
- Highlight ways that differentiate your background

It doesn't need to be super long, keep it concise and tailored. Good luck!
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paula’s Answer

When writing a cover letter, first introduce yourself to the hiring manager. Include details relevant to the job you are applying for including your background and experience, as well as how your specific skills will allow you to be successful in the role. Next, expressly state your interest in the position and why you want to work for the company. The letter should be written so that it peaks the interest of the person reading it with the goal of getting that interviewing scheduled! As others mentioned, their are many templates/examples of cover letters online.
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Chayla’s Answer

A cover letter is an opportunity to highlight your achievements that would make you an ideal candidate for the job. I’d recommend going on google and looking up sample cover letters. Also, Microsoft Word has cover letter templates that you can leverage. Here is a Harvard Business Review article that provides some good pointers for writing cover letter: https://hbr.org/2014/02/how-to-write-a-cover-letter.
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Paul’s Answer

Hello Zeeshan,

When drafting your cover letter, it's crucial to highlight your past work experiences to your potential employer. This will not only demonstrate your capabilities but also show your relevance to the role. It is also great to express your eagerness and the energy you're ready to invest in securing the position you're aiming for. This will show your determination and commitment, making you a standout candidate. There is a lot of competition and standing out as a candidate is crucial for obtaining the position.
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Ruquayyah’s Answer

Hello Zeeshan,

A cover letter is a tool used to assist you in making yourself stand out. You need to include the following information below although you should not treated it like a resume. Your cover letter should definitely highlight your skills and achievements.

Header - Input contact information
Greeting the hiring manager
Opening paragraph - Grab the reader’s attention with 2-3 of your top achievements
Second paragraph - Explain why you’re the perfect candidate for the job
Third paragraph - Explain why you’re a good match for the company
Formal closing
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