Anatomy of a Cover Letter
I often get asked two questions regarding cover letters:
- Are they still relevant?
- What goes into one?
The short answer to the first question is “yes.” For the sake of time, I will just address the second one. Generally speaking, a cover letter should be 3-4 paragraphs max, with a clear beginning, middle and end. Here is an outline of the key elements of a cover letter:
Intro: This is your chance to shine and get the reader’s attention. Address the following:
- the position desired
- how you learned of the opportunity
- brief professional summary
Middle: This is the “meat” of the letter. This is the time to argue why you are the most qualified candidate. Key elements include:
- years and/or type of professional experience
- why you are suited for the role
- notable achievements
Closing: Gratitude is the name of the game here. Leave them with a lasting impression by doing the following;
- thank them for the consideration
- state how you will follow up
In short, your cover letter is an opportunity to showcase not only your writing style, but your personality. Feeling stuck? I can help!