Now that we’ve discussed where to look for internships, and mistakes to avoid when filling out your application, it’s time to talk about the highly anticipated cover letter (I was going to include resume tips in this post but that would be way too much information thrown at you at once, so I decided to split them up. Be looking out for that post soon)! Keep reading for more
Let’s start with the cover letter since that is usually the hardest to write. A cover letter is a document that tells the employer why you are the right person for the job. While the resume lists your work experience, the cover letter shows how the skills you learned in those experiences will benefit the company if they decide to hire you. When writing the cover letter, you want to make it specific to the company that you are applying to, so you can’t really send out a mass cover letter.
First, you want to address the cover letter to a person, it is a letter, so it’s your job to find the contact information of the person who will be making the hiring decision or receiving your application.
Second, open your letter stating who you are and what position you are applying for at that company. This paragraph should state why you are interested in the position, and their company as a whole. Something to remember is that you want this paragraph to be attention grabbing, but also concise.
The purpose of the second paragraph is to list your relevant skills and work experiences and how they match to the job description. You want to focus on how your skills will benefit the company.
For the third paragraph, you have two options. You can combine it with the second paragraph, or make it it’s own paragraph. It all depends on how much information you have in each, and your personal preference. The focus of this paragraph is to show that you did your research on the company, and show how their company values align with yours.
Lastly, you want to wrap everything up by saying what you will do next like a follow up, usually a week after you send in your materials. Make sure to include current contact information that you can be reached at during business hours (email address and phone number). Also, remember to thank them for their consideration and time.
End the letter with an appropriate closing like “Sincerely” or “warm regards”
Click here for an example of a cover letter that my school’s career center uses for students
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email!