Most jobs will require you to include a cover letter with your resume or application. Although a cover letter might sound bland and boring to you, it can be one of the best ways to demonstrate your awesome personality! We have found some helpful tips and templates so you don't have to start from scratch or sit staring at your blinking cursor on a blank page. Check out tips below and click the button to download your cover letter templates. Once you've completed the letter, if you want OSV to give you feedback, email your coach!
Cover Letter Tips
- Send one! Even when an employer does not directly ask for one, be sure always to send a cover letter. The only time you do not want to send a letter is when the job listing explicitly says not to send one. Be sure to follow all directions on the job listing.
- Customize each letter. It might seem tedious, be it is important to customize each letterto fit the specific job you for which you are applying. It will make your letter stand out.
- Highlight relevant qualifications. In your cover letter, address one or two skills or qualifications you have that match the job description. Provide a specific example of a time you demonstrated each of these qualifications.
- Explain anything. You can use your cover letter to go into detail about something in your resume that needs explaining. For example, a cover letter is a great place to talk about a career shift or to explain an extended gap in employment.
- Read samples and templates. For help writing your cover letter, read samples like the one below, as well as cover letter templates. Remember to tailor any example or template to fit your own experiences and the job for which you are applying.
- Edit, edit, edit. Be sure to thoroughly proofread each cover letter before sending it, looking for grammar and spelling errors. Consider asking a friend or family member, or even a career counselor, to read over your cover letter.
From "The Balance"