Raise your hand if you dread the thought of writing your next cover letter! It seems that many people find it obnoxious that they have to write the perfect cover letter to go along with their carefully crafted resume. Where do you even start?! How do you know that it includes all of the necessary information to land you the job?


  1. Keep it short and concise. You do not need to overthink your cover letter. In fact, most people who read your cover letter will appreciate it if you keep it short. Below are the basic elements to consider.
  • Opening Paragraph: Reference the job, employer, and how you learned about the opportunity. The opening Computer-Frustration-Cartoon-2paragraph should briefly discuss how your expertise aligns with the goals of the company.
  • Middle Paragraphs: Write 2-3 middle paragraphs that focus on specific experiences or skills that are tailored to fit the company you’re approaching. Consider using bullet points putting your most impressive accomplishment first.
  • Concluding Paragraph: Restate your interest in the position and end your cover letter with a thank you statement.
  1. Show them that you have done your research. They want to know that you understand the job you are applying for and have the skills. Be sure to read the job description and show how your skills and experience will benefit the employer. Here are a few research ideas:
  • Company Website: Learn about the products and services offered, how long the company has been in business, financial information, and recent accomplishments. Learn about the inside scoop, news and recent events, and the company culture.
  • LinkedIn: Do you know any of their current employees? Research employees who are in the same or similar positions that you are pursuing. Find information that will help you understand the culture and values within the company.
  • Twitter: You may be able to find trending topics and learn about what the company tweets about. Most employers will post news and updates on their Twitter accounts.
  1. Tell them how you will benefit the company. Use a hook that highlights your past achievements as they relate to the job. Build your case for why the employer should consider you. Write using a logical structure that allows you to pick from your most relevant achievements. Put your experiences in context and explain how your capabilities will benefit the company.
  1. Be a closer. Finish your cover letter off strong and leave a lasting impression on your prospective employer. A strong closing should be enthusiastic and confident leaving the reader with the impression that you are passionate about the position and working for their company. You should also illustrate your ability to fit into the company culture and how your personality and work ethic is exactly what they need.
  1. Spelling and grammar police. Don’t make resume spelling and grammar mistakes! It is as simple as a push of a button to spell check and grammar check your documents. Double-check everything that you write and ask a friend or family member to double-check it for you too.