A cover letter is your first introduction. It makes your first impression on the person reviewing applications.
It is a short, sweet introduction to you. It explains why you want to work with this company or school.
Often, yes. Sometimes, no.
If the job or application does not ask for one, the cover letter is optional. In such cases, if you send one, emphasize brevity.
Not all job application processes require a cover letter -- so watch for that when exploring the details of the hiring/application process.
Change if every time you use it. At the very least, change the references to the business or school. One role of a cover letter is to personalize the hiring process — so let them know that you are interested in them particularly, in their strengths and their opportunities. If you can reveal that you have researched their business, do so. Show that you've done your homework and you're not just looking for a job, but that you want to work with them.
1 — Intro. Why applying? What sets me apart?
2 — Interest in this job/position/school. Why do you want to work at this company/school?
3 — Welcome an interview. Contact info.Thanks.
Another great Cover Letter outline in four steps.
Including things that are not related to the job you are applying for. Do not force the reader to wade through anything irrelevant. Show them that you know what is essential and that you can limit yourself to those essentials.
Samples of Teacher's Cover Letters
Student & Recent Grad Cover Letters
WorkBloom Cover Letter Ctr
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