Before writing my cover letter up I wanted to take a bit more time to research into what makes a good cover letter, ranging from the content and format to what will help to stand out in the rest.
What is a cover letter?
‘A cover letter is a one page document that you send with your resume when applying for a job.’
It sets out to:
- Introduce yourself to the hiring manager
- Argue why you’d be a good fit for the job
- Fill in places your resume cannot describe
- Further explain other aspects of your resume
Begin your cover letter, include both the employer’s and your contact information.
Find out who you’re addressing the letter to:
Look through the company’s website, LinkedIn, or even give the company a call to ask for the hiring manager’s name. Even if you get it wrong, it still looks like you’ve made an effort.
In the first paragraph of your cover letter, begin by telling the employer the position you are applying for and how you learned about the opportunity.
The rest of the paragraph should briefly present basic info about yourself, including: degree, area of study/expertise, and your career goals in terms of how they align with the goals of the company.
3. Sell Yourself
- The second paragraph should respond directly to the job description written by the hiring manager.
- Describe how your previous job experiences, skills, and abilities will allow you to meet the company’s needs.
- To make that easier, you can (and should) literally include words and phrases from the job description in your cover letter.
- Try to find out what they are doing,why,given the current state of their industry.
- In a third paragraph, explain how you can fit into that schema, and help push the company forward and achieve any goals you suspect they may have.
- This is your “call to action” portion of your cover letter.
- Inform them that you’d love to get interviewed and that you’ll be in contact with them in a week if you don’t hear back.
- Thank them for spending the time to read your letter.
So based off what we were taught in class and from the following bit of research, I started on my cover letter.
In my case I decided to use Double Jump Studios as the company I was applying for due to the fact that I had been working with them for several months and built up a good working relationship with them.
After showing it to Alec for feedback he suggested going into more detail about how I would fit in with the company and what I could contribute to them as a result of being employed. Also add your signature to make it more personal.
With the feedback taken on board I finalised my cover letter