Use these cover letter tips for writing a cover letter so your job application gets noticed by prospective employers.
To be effective, the body paragraphs of your cover letter must really sell you as the best candidate for the job. This area should highlight your accomplishments and qualifications, as well as explain how you can benefit the company. It should be easy to read and have a positive tone.
Each paragraph of your cover letter has a different purpose, and there are strategies you can use to make each paragraph effective.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to review the three body paragraphs in this cover letter:
The first paragraph can start with an introduction, but it should always start by stating which job you are applying for. Include the job name and number (if applicable). You should also mention where you found the job posting.
Try to include some details about the company you found while researching the job. This kind of detail can help to demonstrate your interest in the position.
Another good strategy in the opening paragraph is to explain your relationship with the company (if you have one).
The second paragraph should work to position you as the ideal candidate for the job. It should also describe your career accomplishments, demonstrate that they meet or exceed the job requirements, and explain how you will be an asset to the company.
You may want to use a bulleted list to make this section easier for the hiring manager to scan.
The third paragraph should request an interview or meeting, provide your preferred contact information, and thank the hiring manager for considering your application.