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How to Write A Cover Letter

Many students are intimidated by the idea of writing a cover letter, but the truth is that it’s just a matter of knowing the correct way to write it. Once you’ve figured out exactly how to write a cover letter, the writing part is easy.

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What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is the first impression you will make on your employer when applying for a job or internship. It is your chance to explain exactly why you’re qualified for the position and to stand out in comparison to the other applicants. It should discuss the things that your résumé does not include, such as unique experiences you’ve had or your individual passions.

What does a cover letter look like?

For a student or a recent college graduate, cover letters should be three paragraphs adding up to no longer than one page. Always type cover letters to establish professionalism. Use a basic, no-frills font and size, such as Times New Roman in 12pt.

What should I include in a cover letter?

In the first paragraph, you should introduce yourself, give a brief overview of why you decided to apply for the position, and your educational history. In the second, longest paragraph, you should go into detail about how exactly your experience and education make you the ideal candidate for the job/award/scholarship. The third paragraph is for wrapping up the letter and contact details, should the person want more information. Invite the person to read your resume, and let them know you look forward to hearing from them.

Now that you know how to write a cover letter, it doesn’t seem so scary, does it? Put your newfound knowledge to good use. Write a compelling cover letter to showcase your unique experiences and talents. No matter where you are in your educational process, writing a cover letter is great practice for your future.


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