How to Write an Amazing Cover Letter

How to write an amazing cover letter

Let’s be honest, this is probably the tenth article you have seen about writing a great cover letter. Since more and more jobs are expecting you to write the perfect cover letter, more people out there want to write about it. How do you know who to trust? Well, you can read a ton of awesome articles from people who have never actually written a cover letter but they sure sound convincing, or you can learn how to write an amazing cover letter from proven experts who do it every day.

An amazing cover letter can be broken down into 4 simple paragraphs each with a unique goal. Remember, these are not huge 5-10 sentence paragraphs. They should be short and sweet, anywhere from 2-4 well-written sentences.

Paragraph 1: Grab your reader’s attention

In your first paragraph, you should state the position you are applying for, the company, and a few key reasons why you are the perfect fit for the job.

Here is a slightly tweaked example that you can find in this article from The Muse.

When I was growing up, my only desire was to be one of those people who pretend to be statues on the street. Thankfully, my career goals have become a little more aspirational over the years, but I love to draw a crowd and entertain the masses—passions that make me the perfect community manager for Google.

Paragraph 2: Show your value to the company

Now that you have your reader’s attention, it is time for you to introduce yourself and explain exactly why you are the best fit for the job. First, make sure that you review the job description. Then find relevant skills from your resume that you can highlight for the reader. Bullet points work really well in this section. Examples for a Community Manager position:

  • Successfully analyze the performance of 30+ marketing programs and identify the best opportunities for optimization resulting in a 40% revenue increase in 2 years.
  • Monitor online posts for content and adherence to guidelines with 100% accuracy.
  • Negotiate advertising contracts with third-party sites and ad companies saving our company over $150,000/year.

Paragraph 3: Prove your interest in the company

This is the section of your amazing cover letter that you need to prove your interest in the organization you are applying to by demonstrating your knowledge of the company. Show the reader that you have actually taken some time to research their company and that you believe in their core values and mission. Here is a slightly tweaked example written by Debra Wheatman @ workitdaily.com.

“After researching 123 Company, I understand your immediate goal is to improve business performance and establish key benchmarks within *****. Your recent acquisition of  ***** puts you in a position to gain market share and establish a unique brand presence with potential and existing customers. Given my professional achievements listed above, I am in a position to help you quickly achieve your goals."

Paragraph 4: Wrap it up and put a bow on it

Briefly, summarize what it is that you will bring to the company and don’t be afraid to include some sort of call to action for them to get in contact with you. Tell them that if they have any further questions or would like to set up a meeting that you are available by phone or email.

Also, if you plan to follow up, let them know when and how you will follow up so that they can be ready. Lastly, thank your reader for their time and consideration while reading your amazing cover letter.

Shazam! You just learned how to write an amazing cover letter from scratch!

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