Cover Letter Tips
Graduation is quickly approaching, which means only a few more projects and assignments and you will be done forever, right?? Unfortunately, that is not always the case, especially because graduation will almost always guarantee a job search. It may be hard to focus on school and looking for jobs, but make sure to dedicate the proper amount of time to your job applications. Most will require cover letters as an important component of the application.
Cover letters may accompany and strengthen resumes, but they also allow you to give more in-depth examples about certain skills and traits. For most potential employers, it is the first impression they will receive and it acts as an introduction to you, so make sure that it is an accurate and relevant representation. Use these tips to enhance your cover letter.
Length: Keep your letter to one page maximum. Employers receive hundreds of applications and cover letters and reading through them can soon become a monotonous and time-consuming task, so be sure to highlight only the most important skills, keeping the entire document to less than 1 page.
Formatting: Along with length, this is an important aspect of a cover letter. It must appear uniform and professional, follow the guidelines and do not use a “fun” font such as comic sans or Harrington, instead, stick with a generic, easy-to-read font.
Originality: Everyone has their own “voice” when it comes to writing; don’t try to mask that in your cover letter by sounding too professional. It is important to be professional but don’t sacrifice your personality for it. Having an original cover letter and letting your personality shine through will make for a more memorable letter.
Proofread: Make sure to read and reread your cover letter aloud after a few hours or days to check for any spelling or grammatical errors. Pass it on to a friend, professor, advisor, or Career Services to have someone else proofread it for mistakes.
Send as a PDF: Some devices may not have the access to open other forms of documents, so sending a cover letter and resume electronically is best accomplished via a PDF version. If you are handing in a hard copy of your cover letter, make sure you print it on resume paper and sign it without smudging the ink.
Use these tips before sending a cover letter to increase the chances of getting a call to set up an interview! Jones College provides students with experiences to fill a cover letter.