Composing a Cover Letter
The Wellesley Free Library has a number of resources, both print and digital, to help you get started on with your cover letter.
- Helpful videos on using the databases and interview tips: http://www.atozdatabases.com/introvideos
- Under “Find a Job”, use the “Cover Letters, Resumes & Tips” link for helpful resources.
- Career One Stop – Includes various types of letters and a useful cover letter template.
- Job Search Letters – Resources from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Five Steps to Writing a Cover Letter
Five Simple Steps to a Successful Cover Letter – Deborah Brown-Volkman
Most folks put (or should put) a lot of effort into crafting a résumé that conveys their talents and breadth of experience. But these same people often drop the ball when it comes to crafting a cover letter to complement their resume.
Cut to the Chase – Begin your cover letter by clearly identifying why they are reaching out to the company. Cover all pertinent facts, such as the position’s title and location. Also include where you saw the job posting and who recommended you.
What I like About You – Flattery will get you everywhere. Compliment the organization on what they have done right and what you admire about them. This will show you have taken the time to get to know the company in detail.
What You’ll Like About Me – List your most vital qualifications by telling the employer the relevant examples of work you’ve done that match what they are looking for. Briefly discuss the items you want to showcase. Bullet points work well and make your accomplishments easy to read.
What Else You’ll Like About Me – Succinctly personalize your letter. Describe who you are and what makes you stand our from other applicants. Highlight your soft skills, strengths and professional passions. Express why you are a good candidate.
And In Conclusion – In the closing paragraph express your enthusiasm for the position and an interview.