How Do You Write a Cover Letter?
These are the seven components need to write a compelling cover letter:
- Name and Contact Information
- The Employer’s Contact Information
- A Personalized Greeting
- Introduction that Addresses the Job Needs
- Body of Text That Supports Your Value
- Final Paragraph that Invites Continued Correspondence
- Sign-off and Signature
What Do You Put on a Cover Letter for a Job?
It’s easy to check-off parts of letter, but what should you put into a cover letter to prove that you’re right for the job?
- Specific examples of previous successes that translate to the job requirements
- Quantifiable facts or figures that prove your past successes
- Highlighting your transferable hard and soft skills
What is the Proper Salutation for a Cover Letter?
Never start your cover letter with the common greeting, “Dear Hiring Manager” – it’s impersonal, generic, and makes you look disinterested. A proper cover letter salutation is personalized – search for the hiring manager’s name on the job ad, LinkedIn, or the company’s online page. At the very least, find and use the HR director’s name. This move shows that you made the effort to learn about the company and team.
Get inspiration by checking out more general cover letter samples from a range of industries!