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How to write a cover letter

How to write a cover letter

Tips and tricks to improve your writing
By: Cat Crandell

A great cover letter is something that is created specifically for one employer, and communicates why you would be the perfect fit for the company and its culture. To start off, it’s important to state the position you are applying for in the company, as well as whether you’re looking for part-time or full-time work. Then, you should give a brief reason why you’re so enthusiastic to work in the position you are applying for, and why you would be a great fit for the job.

The intro could look something like this:

I was informed that you are currently accepting applications for a full-time receptionist and would like to express my highest interest in becoming one of your newest employees at RandomCompany. As you can see from my attached resume, I am confident that through my previous experience and my current motivation to help others,  I would make a great match at RandomCompany.

Now it’s time to let your experience with academic writing shine, as you will have to provide information as to what, how, and why your experience makes you the best fit for the job. This format is similar to that of writing thesis statements.

Think of it this way:

What: What experience are you referring to on your resume? State the position and company.

Ex: Working as front counter staff at Tim Hortons taught me how to work well in a team-oriented environment…

How: How did you gain a certain skill from your experience? Write that down.

Ex. Through working in close quarters with defined tasks to complete…

Why: Why does your experience make you a great fit for the position you’re applying for?

Ex. … which makes me a great fit as a receptionist, because I have demonstrated that I coordinate well with others.

You can incorporate these three components into a sentence to create a strong argument; however, keep in mind that this is only a guideline. You have creative freedom to write how you want. You can match the tone of your cover letter to the position that you are applying for. For example, having a more creative cover letter for a position at a summer camp with kids would work well. If you’re in doubt, a professional tone will always be appropriate.

Finally, you’ll have to work on your closing. Be short and sweet by summing up and restating your original reason for applying to the position. Finish by writing about being excited to hear back from them, then leave some space for your signature and type your name below the space.

Ex. I would absolutely love to work as a receptionist because I have a passion for working with people and giving them the best experience possible. I trust I have convinced you that I have the qualities and commitment that will make me an excellent employee at RandomCompany. I look forward to meeting you and discussing the opportunities you have available.

Remember: The purpose of your cover letter is to sell yourself to the employer and convince them that you’re the best person for the job. Make your cover letter enticing and formulate arguments that show off your skills and experience.

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