Find a Job: Why Do I Need a Cover Letter?

Submitted by CCCL_MarliaH

The purpose of creating a cover letter is to introduce yourself to your future employer in both a memorable and positive way. But keep in mind that a cover letter is NOT a restated resume. Cover letters are an opportunity for you to let your personality shine by providing additional information about your skills and experience. Through your cover letter, you can demonstrate how and why you’re the right person for the job. But how do you do that exactly? 

New to cover letters? Here are some links to get you started 

Things to do BEFORE you start writing your cover letter 

  • Research the organization – A little research goes a long way: explore the organization’s website, social media, familiarize yourself with the organization’s goals, etc. 
  • Figure out who you’re writing to –Ideally it would be best to write to an actual person with a title, but if that’s not possible you could always try “Dear Hiring Manager” or “Dear Human Resources.”
  • Try to match some of your work experiences and qualifications with the position that you’re applying for. 

Things to do WHEN writing your cover letter 

  • Customize it – Write a fresh cover letter for each position you’re applying for.   
  • Keep it simple;a few paragraphs max – Your cover letter shouldn’t be pages long. 
  • Focus onwhat you can do for the organization – Now is the time to show what you bring to the table professionally and personally.  

Things to avoid  

  • Using headings like: To Whom it may concern; Dear Sir or Madam 
  • Repeating what is on your resume
  • Sharing information that isn’t relevant to the position