You’ve found the perfect job, updated your resume and LinkedIn and you’re almost ready to apply. There’s just one thing standing in your way… the dreaded cover letter. You know it needs to be unique enough to stand out, but standard enough that it looks like a cover letter.
You’re staring at the blank page and wondering where to begin. Read this article for a few tips on how to create the most successful cover letter you can.
Formatting Your Cover Letter
There are many ways to format a cover letter. I would recommend googling or looking to your college career services office to see an example cover letter.
Use a standard font like Arial or Times even if you are applying for a creative position. Use creativity in your words, not your formatting. Keep your cover letter to one page or less. Address it to a person, not “sir or madam” (if you don’t know the right person, ask around or address it to “hiring manager”).
KISS (Keep It Simple, Silly)
Use the standard introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion format. Introduce yourself and why you are interested in the job. It may be beneficial to add a sentence or two about previous experiences, but this depends on the job. Talk about why you are right for the job. Then, conclude your letter and be sure to provide contact information for yourself.