Tips for an effective Cover Letter
- Letters should be addressed to a specific individual (preferably the person in charge of hiring or a manager/supervisor in a department of interest).
- Research the organization and use what you learn to address why you want to work with this employer.
- If you have a job description with required or preferred qualifications, use your cover letter to show how you meet the requirements for the position. Using key words from the description.
- Don’t start every sentence with “I”. Use some variety in your sentence structure.
- Do not repeat your entire résumé. Rather, highlight relevant experiences or elaborate on specific areas that relate to the position. Using concrete skills and examples.
- Keep your letter short and simple. Your letter should not be more than one page.
- It should be flawless, keep it free of errors in spelling and grammar.
- A professional cover letter should be typed, on paper matching your resume in a business format.