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Take Advantage of the Cover Letter

Helen Koster

Take advantage of a cover letter.

It’s a sales opportunity that goes beyond the contents of your resume.

Treat the opening as the place you can demonstrate initiative and show that you are an interesting person.

The fit between your experience and the job description is best described in the middle of the letter.

Start out by researching the company where you are making your application.

Find out as much as you can through their website.

Make note of the company’s mission and value proposition. Incorporating some of those words into your letter is a plus.

Take a deeper dive into the news in general and the company’s industry news. Immerse yourself until you find something that connects you to the company. Make it tangible.

Using questions to guide your research is a good way to focus.

  • Here are just a few questions that you might consider.
  • Does the company support the communities they are in? Have you done volunteer work in the community you live in or at your school?
  • Does the company have philanthropic endeavors to causes that are near and dear to your heart?
  • Does the company excel at something that has made a difference in your life or in the life of others? Have you always had a passion for their product?
  • What values does the company consistently represent that are important to you?
  • Has the company culture been applauded? Diversity? Work environment?

Use the authentic connection you have uncovered between them and you to open your letter.

cover letter

Take advantage of a cover letter.

Here is an example:

OPENING

Dear _______:

I am writing to express my great interest in working for (company name) in the position of (job title).

It has been exciting to watch (company name) hold a leading position in (industry name) and how (company name) extends its success through the philanthropic work in (be specific).

It would be a privilege to be part of a company that has this dual commitment.

MIDDLE (align experience with job description)

My resume is attached for your review.  I believe that much of my experience aligns to the job prerequisites.   (your specifics here).   

CLOSING

Thank you for the opportunity to apply for the position of (xxxxxxx) at (xxxxxx).  I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Companies hire a person with a specific skill set for an entry-level position. But, successful companies also hire with an eye to the future and hire people who go the extra step, are able to see the world through the eyes of others and communicate well.  That is to say, people who are initiators, who build rapport and who inspire and lead others.

Your cover letter will go a long way to convince the recruiter you are someone they want to hire for now and for the future.