Drafting a Memorable Cover Letter
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 while looking for jobs simultaneously, 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. Make sure you draft a memorable cover letter by including these key concepts!
Header: Address the name of contact on the application or if no name is available then use a more general term like ‘human resources’ or ‘selection committee.’
Introduction: Catch the reader’s attention. If you know someone at the company or have another connection, be sure to mention that. State where you go to school, or where you graduated from as well as your major and the position for which you are applying. Tell the reader how you heard about the job and why it stuck out to you. This is the most important section, because it will determine whether the reader is intrigued enough to keep reading.
Body: State your case. This section should be 1 or 2 paragraphs. Choose 2 or 3 relevant qualifications that make you a good candidate for the job and show specific examples of when you have demonstrated these qualities. This can be used from past work experiences, awards and accomplishments in which you have excelled or learned valuable lessons that have prepared you for the position and company. Employers want to know your personality and how that will fit in with their company culture, so be sure to let it show through in your writing.
Conclusion: Close politely. Sum up your experience and qualifications to show once again that you are a good match for the position. Thank them for reading the entirety of your letter and state your interest in hearing back from the company by providing a phone number and /or email address.
Remember most people that will read your letter will determine whether they want to keep reading or not simply by skimming the introduction. You do not want to overwhelm them by writing a novel. Refer to Cover Letter Tips for more guidance or contact Jones College Career Services.