The Importance of a Cover Letter

A cover letter is the first thing an employer sees when receiving an application from you. A cover letter introduces you, explains your purpose for writing, highlights some skills, and requests the opportunity to meet with the employer.

The opening paragraph for a cover letter should give a brief idea for who you are. For example; “My name is Rachel Haskin and I am currently a senior at The College at Brockport. I have my Associate in Science degree in Liberal Arts and I am working towards achieving my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Brockport.” You then should write out how you have a very strong interest in the job you are applying for and what your appeal to the company is.

Your body paragraph should highlight some points from your resume. You should also use examples of how you use your skills that are on your resume. The letter should compliment your resume, not restate every single fact.

Your closing paragraph should stress action. For example; “I would welcome an opportunity to discuss my qualifications with you and learn more about ____ at your earliest convenience.” You should then thank the reader for taking the time to read your application and thank them for their consideration and that you look forward to hearing from them.

Some other points to note is that your cover letter should be only one page long. It should also address the employer. If the job posting doesn’t post a name, then call the company and find out who to make the cover letter to. It is also important to put the employers address at the top and your address as well. If you follow all of these steps, you should be getting a call back from the employer, hopefully to schedule an interview!


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