The Cover Letter The cover letter is an essential companion to the resume. Be thoughtful and thorough. Your cover letter must be tailored specifically for each position for which you apply and should reflect your interest in the position and illustrate how your skills and experience match the employer’s needs. Tips for writing your cover letter
• Give yourself enough time to compose and edit a detailed and accurate letter
• Address the letter to a specific individual if possible
• Font size should be from 10 to 12 point and easily readable
• Grab the reader’s attention by discussing something you know about the company
• Tailor your letter to the needs of the company and the requirements of the position o What can you do for the employer? o How do you fit the needs of the position?
• Describe your knowledge about the organization
• Show the reader who you are by taking time to detail your interest and experience
• Always remember to have someone proofread it for you! Simple mistakes can mean lost opportunity.
Guidelines First Paragraph: State the reason for the letter, state to the specific position for which you are applying and reference where you heard about the position. Get the reader’s attention by inserting some knowledge you have learned about the company through your research. Second (and third, if necessary) Paragraph: Provide a brief introduction about yourself, highlighting relevant experience and education. This is where you tell them why they should hire you, so mention specific qualifications and achievements that make you the right candidate. This should include educational qualifications, internship and work experience, and leadership and involvement experience. Final Paragraph: The closing paragraph should ask for an interview and must include your contact information. In closing, thank the reader for his or her time and indicate that you will be getting in touch to follow up