Tools to build your cover letter
A cover letter is a tool to market yourself, and most employers expect it to be submitted with your resume. Give the employer a few well-written, passionate, and relevant reasons to read your resume and interview you. This is your chance to make yourself stand out from other candidates!
Your cover letter shows that you are:
- Qualified- include the ways you meet/exceed the requirements listed in the job posting
- Confident- provide concrete examples of your experience, using keywords and phrases relevant to the job/industry
- Excited- sincerely express your passion for the role and the company/organization
- Future-focused- explain how your skills and your past experience will meet the employer's needs
A cover letter is a professional business communication, and business letter format is expected. Your formatting and style choices should be consistent with your resume. Focus on making your document easy to read and nice to look at. Unless otherwise requested by the employer, keep your cover letter to one page in length.