A cover letter is a personal letter that you send with your resume or job application. It’s the first thing the hiring manager sees when she opens your envelope or email. It’s the hello, your smile, your chance to create a rapport, your reason for writing.
Q. Does every one send a cover letter with their resume or job application?
No. most people don’t include a cover letter. And that’s why you should send one. It shows that you’re different. It shows that you are serious about the job and cared enough to write.
Q. “Do I have to create a new letter each time I apply to a different company”
Yes and no. You certainly want all employers to feel that you are writing to them personally. But, you can recycle paragraphs and include them in most of your letters.
This is important-the hiring manager is usually the manager of the department where you want to work. If you want a job in human resources, send your letter to the human- resources manager. If you want to work in maintenance, send your letter to the maintenance manager. At a small business, send your letter to the owner of the business.
Q. “How do I get the manager’s name?”
If you are getting a referral from a friend, ask your friend for the hiring manager’s name. When writing, address your letter and envelop to that manager by name and title: Ms. Jenna Jones, Target Manager. Make sure the mangers name, title and address are accurate and spelled correctly.
If you are writing to a company and you don’t know the managers name, call the company and as for it. If you are answering an advertisement or job posting that gives no contact person’s name or company name, address your letter to Hiring Manager.
Q. “How long does my cover letter have to be?”
Keep your cover letter short and simple. One page is perfect!
Q. What is a helpful format to use in creating a cover letter?
AIDA- Attention, Interest, Desire and Action
In the very first paragraph of your letter, grab the hiring manager’s attention simply by telling her why you are writing. Below are several examples for writing to a hiring manager. Adapt the one that works best for you.
·“I would like to apply for the sous chefs positon I wan advertised in …”
·“My friend, Tim Smith works in your department. He recommended that I write you.”
·“I stumbled upon your website. Wow. Id like to interview for a position with your firm because…”
·“I shop at your store and…”
·“I would like to learn about the career opportunities for mechanics at your shop.”
In the second paragraph of your letter, rouse the manager’s interest by explaining what makes you special. Here are a few examples. Adapt the ONE that works best for you.
·“I have three-years’ experience as a …”
·“I worked on the Light Up project at Kim’s and ….”
·“ I just graduated from school and …”
·“I have three special abilities I can bring to the job..”
·“I have an idea I’d like to discuss with you…”
If you are responding to a help-wanted advertisement or job posing, be sure to talk about the job requirements the ad says are important. Otherwise, create a desire for the hiring manager to meet yu by offering three solid accomplishments.
·“I am very familiar with….”
·“I know how to use…”
·“I also have experience with...”
Ask the hiring manager for a job interview. Adapt ONE of the following statements that works best for you.
·I would like to interview for your nursing position. Please call. You can reach me anytime on my cell phone at 333-444-5657.”
·“I would like to interview for your nursing positon. I hope you would mind if I call in a few days to see that you received my resume and hopefully to schedule an interview.