Graduation is right around the corner. If you’re looking to make a career change with your new degree, check out these five tips for crafting the perfect cover letter.
- Do Your Research: Before you put into paper, do a little research on the company that you’re reaching out to. Familiarize yourself with its leadership team, their history, mission and values. Not only will this research shine through when writing your cover letter, but it will also help you to understand if your values match theirs.
- Make a Case for Yourself: One of the most important points to include in a cover letter is reassuring the employer that you are qualified for the job. Familiarize yourself with the job description and list your education and experience that could help you to do that job well.
- Keep it Short: The general rule of thumb for writing cover letters is to keep them less than one page, approximately four paragraphs. Introduce yourself, explain why you chose to apply for this opportunity, how you’re qualified and close by offering supporting materials or references.
- Make it Personal: Companies want to know who you are. Be sure to include information that sets you apart from the other candidates. For example, if you were referred to the company from one of its current employers, name them in the cover letter and why they thought you would be a good fit. Note: Be sure to ask the person that’s giving you the referral if it’s okay to mention them in the cover letter.
- Share Your Interest in the Company: Not only do companies and organizations want to know about you, they also want to know why you chose them. Answer this question honestly. Really thinking through your interests can help you to better understand your career goals and how to achieve them.
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