By Caitlin E. Galeotti, Contributing Writer, Student Health 101
Drafting the perfect cover letter can be really complicated and stressful. We’ve all been there. One of the biggest mistakes people make is writing too much. Unfortunately, if you can’t interest the person reading your cover letter within the first few sentences, your application will get put to the bottom of the stack. Next time you’re writing a cover letter, make yourself an outline asking these questions:
1) What position am I applying for?
First introduce yourself as a student or graduate and share if you are currently working anywhere that is related to the type of position you are applying for. State what position you would like to obtain within the company and how you found out about the opportunity. Tell them you know you are the right hire.
2) How do I fit the qualifications this company is looking for?
Next explain why you are the right hire. Share the qualifications you have that match what the company needs from its employees. Right after you introduce yourself it is important to let the company know that you are motivated and have the skills. You are the whole package!
3) Why do I want this opportunity?
Now that you have introduced yourself as the whole package, tell them why it’s important to you. They know you’re motivated but make sure you share why. Is this the company of your dreams? Are there certain company values that appeal to you?
4) What makes me stand out from other applicants?
Show that you are unique. Describe who you are and what drives you. This is your final paragraph so finish strong and inspire your reader.
5) How can you be reached?
Let the company know how they can reach you. After thanking them for taking the time to review your cover letter, let them know you are looking forward to hearing back from them and include your contact information and best times to be reached.