Another important aspect of a resume is the cover letter. However, they are not always necessary for many job applications. Depending on the job you are applying for, a cover letter might be beneficial or it may not have any effect at all. Make sure to evaluate the opportunity and determine whether or not you require a cover letter.
The purpose of a cover letter is to reinforce your interest in the company by going that extra step to create a unique cover letter. The letter should be three to four paragraphs long. Do not restate your resume in the cover letter. Be direct and to the point. Hiring managers will likely not read a cover letter that is too long.
Key components of a cover letter are as follows.
Your intro paragraph should explain who you are, your goals, and reason for writing to the prospective employer.
Body (2~3 paragraphs)
Elaborate on the things you have learned, experienced, and how all of that will transition into the new role. Most importantly you want to make the reader feel your genuine interest in the organization.
Mention your excitement or eagerness to learn more from someone at the company and make sure to add your contact information so that they can freely reach out to you when necessary or available.
Take advantage of the cover letter to show your voice, demonstrate your knowledge of the company, and express your genuine interest in the opportunity at hand.
HRCap TIP 10: Cover Letter
Visually, the cover letter should be consistent with your resume (ex. same format, font, design).
Address the specific hiring manager by name in your cover letter if the name is provided on the job application. Avoid writing “To Whom it May Concern.” Addressing the person directly by name will make the cover letter more personal.
You can find most hiring managers’ names through sites like LinkedIn or other Job Boards.