Anatomy of a cover letter

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Anatomy of a cover letter

Anatomy of a Cover Letter

 

I often get asked two questions regarding cover letters:

  1. Are they still relevant?
  2. 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!

Lauren Caggiano

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