How To Write A Cover Letter (Example Included)

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Writing a good cover letter is a crucial step in the job search process, yet many people dont write one or dont put in the time to write an effective one.

So how do you write the perfect cover letter?

This short video will give you the necessary steps to create an effective cover letter that helps you land interviews.

We often hear people ask – Do I need to send a cover letter?

The answer is yes. You should always send a cover letter unless the job posting says no cover letter is required.

The point of a cover letter is to give a bit of an introduction as to who you are, your interest in the position, and why you think youd make a good fit. It also adds a human touch to the plain old boring resume.

Ok, So let’s get started….

The first thing were going to cover is the format and then well cover the things you absolutely need to mention in your cover letter if you want to stand out from the hundreds of other job seekers.

Ok let’s take a look at how a cover letter should be formatted..

As you see in our template, your header should be your name , contact number and email address. You can keep it similar to the header on your resume but dont include your address.

You should then include the receiver’s name, title, company name and address. If you cant find the name of the hiring manager, you could leave that off. You can address the letter as dear hiring manager but always try to make an effort to find out the hiring manager in charge.

You should try to keep your cover letter between a half a page to 23 of a page long. Remember that most employers only spend a few seconds going through your resume and cover letter. No one wants to read an in- depth page long cover letter.

Three paragraphs is a good length and well go through what each paragraph should contain – well then show you an example of an excellent cover letter.

Paragraph 1 should be an introduction to who you are and the position youre applying for. Include where or how you found the opening, The title and a job ID number if there is one. You should also lead into the next paragraph by stating a brief summary of qualifications or your interest in the position.

The second paragraph should discuss your qualifications and the achievements which show why youre a good fit for the position.

Remember that you want to stand out from the other hundreds of candidates that are applying for the position. So dont just give examples of what you did in your last position, show how you went above and beyond. Mention a few examples of quantifiable or measurable achievements in your career.

Use compelling language and dont repeat the information in your resume. Try to bring your experience to life and this will encourage the reader to look into your resume in more detail.

In the third and last paragraph, Close it out by saying you feel that youre a good fit based on your qualifications. Remember, you should include a call of action – which in this case would be inviting you to an interview. Ask them to give you call and schedule in interview.

And the The last thing you should do is thank them for taking the time out to consider you.

Lets put this template into action. Here is an example of a great cover letter:

Im writing to you to express my interest in the Accounting position you have open on your company website with the job ID# 11220. I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and am confident that my experience and skill set would be a great match for this position.

I have a strong knowledge of accounting principles backed by experience I have gained in the last 12 years. In my previous position, I managed the accounting of a financial consulting firm with over $30 million in revenue. I not only met expectations but exceeded them by increasing cash flow by $4 million. I helped achieve this by changing our accounts receivable policy and negotiating better contracts. There is more depth on my experience and skills in my resume which I would appreciate you looking over.

I am certain that my experience and skill set would make me a great candidate for this position as well as a great asset to your company. Please give me a call at the number above to schedule an interview at your convenience. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.

So there you have it. Remember to include these 3 points in your resume –

* Who you are

* Your qualifications and how they can benefit the employer

* And a call to action asking to schedule an interview.

Video text:

writing good cover letter is a crucial step in the job search process yet many people don’t write one or put in the time to write an effective one so how do you write the perfect cover letter this short video will give you the necessary steps to create an effective cover letter that lands you interviews we often hear people ask do I need to send a cover letter the answer is yes you should always send a cover letter unless the job posting says otherwise the point of the cover letter is to give a bit of an introduction as to who you are your interest in the position and why you’d think you’d make a good fit it also adds a human touch to the plain old boring resume okay so let’s get started first thing we’re going to cover is the format and then we’ll cover things you absolutely need to mention if you want your cover letter to stand out from the hundreds of other job seekers okay let’s take a look at how a cover letter should be formatted as you see in our template the header should have your name contact number and email you can keep it similar to the header on your resume but omit your mailing address you should then include the receivers name title company name and address if you can’t find the name of the hiring manager don’t include it you can start the letter as deer hiring manager but always try to make an effort to find out the hiring manager in charge as you try to keep your cover letter between half a page to two thirds of a page long remember that most employers spend less than a minute going through your resume and cover letter no one wants to read an in depth page long cover letter three paragraphs is a good length and we’ll go through what each paragraph should contain will then show you an example of an excellent cover letter paragraph one should be an introduction to who you are and the position you’re applying for include where or how you found the opening the title a job ID if there is one should also lead into the next paragraph by stating a brief summary of your qualifications or your interest in the position the second paragraph should discuss your qualifications and achievements which show why you’re a good fit for the position remember that you want to stand out from the hundreds of other candidates they’re applying for the job so don’t just give a few examples of what you did in your last position show how you went above and beyond mention a few examples of quantifiable or measurable achievements in your career use compelling language and don’t repeat the information your resume try to bring your experience to life and this will encourage the reader to look into your resume in more detail and the third and last paragraph close out by saying that you feel you’re a good fit based upon your qualifications remember you should include a call of action which in this case would be inviting you to an interview and the last thing you should do is thank them for taking the time out to consider you let’s put this template into action here’s an example of a great cover letter hi Susan I’m reading to express my interest in the accounting position you have open on your company website with the job ID 1 1 2 2 0 I’m a certified public accountant and confident that my experience and skill set would be a great match for this position I have a strong knowledge of accounting principles backed by experience I’ve gained in the last 12 years my previous position I managed the accounting of a financial consulting firm with over thirty million dollars in revenue not only met expectations but exceeded them by increasing cash flow by four million dollars I helped achieve this by changing our account receivable policy negotiating better contracts there’s more in depth on my experience and skills in my resume which I would appreciate you looking over I am certain that my experience and skill set would make me a great candidate for this position as well as a great asset to your company please give me a call the number above to schedule an interview at your convenience I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you soon sincerely John Smith so there you have it remember these three points in your resume who you are your qualifications and how they can benefit the employer and a call to action asking to schedule an interview thanks for watching and to read more tips please visit the link in the description add zip job we write resumes that land you more interviews guaranteed and you can even get a free resume review by clicking the button or visiting zip job com..

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  • The example cover letter is very generic. You need to sound more interesting than this because 150+ other people applied for the same position and 70 of them have just handed in the same cover letter (obviously with their personal information.

    1. Be interested and show it.
    2. Find similarities with the company and your life. Values, interests, goals, etc… and relate.
    3. Put effort into it.
    4. Make sure it has good readability and flow.
    5. Get a really good understanding of the company. What sort of company is it. What is their mission statement. What is their culture. If you can, find these things out and then it will give you an idea of how to write your cover letter. Then write it specifically to them and not the job – you don’t need a name here.
    6. IMPORTANT – if the hiring manager asks for specific things to be covered you absolutely must cover this. Pay attention to job listings.

    The three paragraph concept is a good one to stick to, especially if you’re not too sure about your own writing. However, the rest will make you sound like everyone else.

  • Loved the video, quick, precise, to the point… I love the fact that I didn’t have to wait through 20 min of stuff I already know to get to the example. THANK YOU…