Even a single typographical error can damage your chances of landing an interview.
After you've given your letter a final polish, ask a friend with strong grammar, punctuation and spelling skills to review it.
That’s because when it comes to applying for jobs, the cover letter you submit with your résumé is just as – if not more – important than the background and experience listed on your résumé. We’ve compiled some tips to help you make sure your cover letter translates into employment success.
Who are you, and why are you the best candidate for the position?
You will also find links to three free samples, which you can copy and adapt to your own personal cover letter.
Someone who takes the time and effort to do this will have a leg up.
Keep your cover letter to two or three paragraphs — no more than one page if printed. Just as you personalize your resume to the role, you should also address the cover letter to the person actually hiring for the position.
If it’s not spelled out in the job posting, call the employer's main phone number and ask for the name and title of the hiring manager.
The cover letter also is a place to preemptively explain anything that might give a hiring manager pause, such as a gap in employment.
If you were out of work, briefly explain what you’ve done in the meantime to keep your skills up to date.