How to Write a Cover Letter to Wow Hiring Managers




1. Header

Your header should be simple and to the point. Include your full name (no nicknames!) the date you are sending it, and your phone number and email address. (Make sure you’re using a professional email address as well – a hiring manager won’t be willing to send an offer letter to soccergirl87@gmail.com!)


2. Greeting

If you know the name of the hiring manager, use it! It’s a great idea to make your cover letter as personalized as possible. If you don’t know it, just use “Dear Hiring Manager”.


3. Intro

This is where you’ll grab the attention of the hiring manager. In this section, concisely write about the position you’re applying to. What skills do you bring to that position specifically? Mention why you are excited for the position (Example: “I’ve always known that I wanted to work in ____, and this position will allow me to share my knowledge while learning and growing in my career.”) and refer to things mentioned in the job description, which will show that you are serious: “I understand that you are currently creating a new clothing line, and I believe my skills in marketing and social media management will assist in creating a successful launch.”


4. Second Paragraph

This section is for you to share a little bit more about your background, experience, and achievements. Mention your education (if it applies to the position), and what kind of experience you have. Mention your last few jobs if they are in the same field and talk about what you learned and achieved in each of them.

Example: As a Business Analyst at John Smith, Co., I was a key leader in the organization and analysis of company data and was responsible for improving the efficiency and performance of the company. Before that, I worked as a Data Analyst at Super Paper, Inc. There, I created a Project Management plan, which led to a 60% decrease in spending and a 45% increase in overall efficiency.


5. Closing

Close out your cover letter by thanking the hiring manager:

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you and learning more about the Sales Associate position and WellCo. I’m excited for the chance to be a part of your team.


6. Signature

Keep it short, sweet, and professional:

Sincerely,

Mark Smith

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