How to Write a Cover Letter
You have researched the job market, you have met the right people, and now you are ready to write that one little letter that introduces you to the world of employers ready to hire. The cover letter is generally a one page letter to companies telling them of your interest in the available job, why you want the job, why you are the best qualified candidate for the job, and how the employer can contact you. Many people slave over these one page "introductions," and others just throw them together. Some people will say that they matter little next to your resume and connections, still others say it is the single most important element of your entire job application.
In order to write an effective cover letter, follow these steps below:
It is imperative that your cover letter covers your breadth of experience and desire to follow a successful career. Remember, your resume lists all your accomplishments. You do not want your cover letter to do the same. It will be just a repeated laundry list of your resume in prose format and an employer will disgard it quite easily. Your cover letter is the only chance you have to express your personality and yourself without personal contact. If you want a company to get to know you, then let it come through in the one page summary. Nobody says these are easy cover letters to write. They are like mini-admissions essays. However, they complete your job application and are essential components to securing that post-college job.
According to cover letter protocol, a sample letter follows in guided format below.
While your cover letter will go into greater detail, it is important to be short and to the point. Employers do not want to read superfluous manuscripts when looking to fill a single spot. Get your message across in as little a space as possible.