We’ve all heard of Cover Letters & Thank You Letters. But are they REALLY necessary? Based off my own experience, they TRULY are. In my last post, I talked about Resume-crafting which you can read here, if you haven’t already. In today’s post, I’m going to focus on explaining to you why these documents are so important and how to make them for yourself so that you can always put your best professional foot forward! This being said, I am going to use pieces from my own documents to give examples of wording and format. Please feel free to use this as motivation for your own, however I’d appreciate if you don’t use my formats word for word :). I am always happy to review your documents and give my feedback, if you wish.
Cover Letters 101-
So. Why do you need a Cover Letter? First of all, handing in a Resume is great, but what is going to ensure that it is given the proper time for a detailed review? That’s where a great Cover Letter comes in handy. By handing in a Cover Letter, you are already ensuring that you stand out from the crowd, as many people don’t submit one. In your Cover Letter, you can summarize your resume in terms that will highlight your assets and will hopefully intrigue the employer to look at your Resume a little more closely.
Now let’s talk about how to make one for yourself. If you are submitting your documents physically, then print off a separate Resume & Cover Letter to hand in. If it is done through email, I usually send my Resume as an attachment, and then use my Cover Letter as the body of the email. Regardless, the format of your cover letter will remain the same. Here is how the format should look and what to include. This is just an example. You should change words around to make it sound like your own, but here’s the gist.
Formatting of a Cover Letter-
Dear Mr./Mrs. (if applicable)______________,
My name is (first/last), and I am a graduate of the (enter program name, if applicable) at (enter school name, if applicable). I currently/ most recently have work/worked at (company name) as a (position). I am writing to apply for the (position title) position available at (company name).
I am interested in this position because ___________________________. (IN THIS PARAGRAPH, YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW THE POSITION/ COMPANY WOULD ALIGN WITH YOUR OWN VALUES/ BELIEFS AND EXPLAIN HOW. TALK ABOUT SKILLS YOU POSSESS FROM PREVIOUS POSITIONS THAT WOULD BE USEFUL IN THE POSITION YOU ARE APPLYING FOR, OR EVEN BETTER, SKILLS THEY HAVE MENTIONED THEY ARE LOOKING FOR IN THE JOB POSTING. IF YOU HAVE ANY RECENT CERTIFICATIONS OR AWARDS THAT WOULD APPLY TO THIS JOB, LIST THEM HERE. KEEP THIS PARAGRAPH SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 4-6 SENTENCES.)
(THIS PARAGRAPH IS A CLOSING SUMMARY AND RECAP OF WHAT YOU JUST TALKED ABOUT. I WILL LIST MY OWN FOR REFERENCE): As you will see, my skills, experience, and career goals align perfectly with your requirements. I would really value an opportunity to meet with you and discuss the ways I might contribute to your team. Thank you for your time and consideration.
There you have it. NOW HOPEFULLY YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY TO YOUR INTERVIEW :)! ALL THE BEST! Click here to read tips on the Interview process that will help you land the job. That’s the gist of how your Cover Letter layout should look, though. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly.
Thank You Letters 101-
A cover letter is essential (in my opinion) after an interview (especially a successful one). Your interviewer will likely hand you a business card after the interview. Even if they don’t, you can usually find a contact email online. Send an email either several hours later, or the next day to thank them. This will help to keep you front and centre in their mind. It will also show that you are genuine about their company and the position. Here’s the layout:
Formatting of a Thank You Letter-
Dear Mr./Mrs. (if applicable)______________,
I wanted to send a quick note to thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to meet with me regarding the (job title) position available at (company name). (NEXT, IN A SENTENCE OR TWO, DISCUSS WHY YOU ENJOYED MEETING THEM AND THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO POTENTIALLY BECOMING A PART OF THE TEAM).
As stated, I feel that my qualifications and your requirements for the position would be an excellent fit. I have a true passion for (LIST JOB TASKS/SKILLS THAT WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS POSITION). Given the opportunity, I will prove my dedication to your team.
I have attached my references for your review. Please let me know should you require anything else at this time. Again, I would like to express my interest in becoming a part of your team. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely, Best Regards (HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE TO SIGN OFF),
(first/ last name)
aaaaand there you have it! So sorry for the long post today, but I hope this post will motivate you guys and will help making your own Cover Letters/ Thank You Letters a bit easier. Again, feel free to reach out to me at any point. I hope you all get the jobs you apply for and I think these tips will help you to stand out from the competition! If you like this, I always appreciate a follow/ like/ share!
Have an awesome week and I’ll talk to you soon!