You want the reader to know:
why you want to work at that specific company,
why you fit with that company
how you qualify for the position to which you applying.
In addition to tailoring your application to a specific job with a specific company, the cover
letter should also:
highlight the most important and relevant accomplishments, skills, and experience
listed in your resume
point to the resume in some way (as detailed in the enclosed resume")
request specific follow up, such as an interview.
A cover letter should be in paragraph form (save bulleted lists for your resume) with a
conversational, though formal, tone.
The body of your letter should consist of one to three longer paragraphs in which you
expand upon your qualifications for the position. Pick out the most relevant qualifications
listed in your resume and discuss them in detail, demonstrating how your background and
experience qualify you for the job. Be as specific as possible, and refer the reader to your
resume for additional details.
The concluding paragraph of your letter should request an interview (or some other
response, as appropriate). State where and when you can be reached, and express your
willingness to come to an interview or supply further information. Close by thanking your
reader for his or her time and consideration.
Targeted Cover Letters
It's certainly easier to write generic or blanket cover letters than it is to write a cover letter
specifically targeted to each position you apply for. However, if you don't invest the time in
writing cover letters you're probably not going to get the interview, regardless of your
Make a Match
This one takes some time and effort and it's not always easy, but, it's important. Take the
job posting and list the criteria the employer is looking for. Then list the skills and
experience you have. Either address how your skills match the job in paragraph form or list
the criteria and your qualifications.