Starting Your Career
Creating a Cover Letter
Anatomy of a Good Cover Letter
Here are four things to include in your letter:
- Meet and greet (first paragraph)
Concisely state that you would like to apply for the job (include the specific job title). At a high level, note your qualifications. Be sure to use language that signals you pay attention to details, conveys professionalism, and demonstrates your writing skills.
- Skills and experience profile (second and third paragraphs)
Provide a short overview of your skills and expertise, and highlight accomplishments will grab the employer’s attention.
- Reason to interview (fourth paragraph)
Express how your capabilities could make a difference for the company. Show you’ve done your research about the company and thought about how your skills are a strong match for the job. In short, give this company a reason to call you for an interview.
- Promise to follow up (last paragraph)
Thank the company for reviewing your resume and promise to follow up.