How to Write a Specific Cover Letter

 

In a few weeks school will be over and for those graduating this winter, the job hunt will begin to intensify. Sending out resumes, meeting with recruiters, and taking part in interviews can be intimidating. The best news? It doesn’t have to be that way. Giving a great first impression will be the easiest way for you to get your feet in the door and onto the path to success. The best way to get started is by writing a cover letter to your company of choice. In writing a powerful cover letter you will:1) Express your interest in the company

2) Share your skills and experiences

3) Show the recruiter how your skills and experiences will benefit the company

4) Call for the recruiter to take actionBefore starting the writing process you will want to go to the website of your future employer and research the company. Find out who the local recruiter is and how you can get in contact with them. Look into any awards the company and its people may have won. This part is the most important step in preparing to write a letter and will help you through the interview. The first line of business is to type your heading. Your heading should list your address, today’s date, recruiter’s name, title, company’s name & address.

123 Main StreetNovember 19, 2007Mr./Ms. Recruiter’s NameTitleCompany’s NameAddressDear Mr./Ms. Recruiters Name:

In the first paragraph it is important to let the recruiter know why it is that you have picked their company to jump start your career. Try to focus on the company’s strengths and its prestige. For example,

BusinessWeek names Bain and Company one of the top 20 places to launch a career, a list that includes fifty-five of the World’s most prestigious companies. A stellar performer in teamwork and leadership building, congratulations to everyone at Bain and Company for being the leading company in consulting.

In the second paragraph you will tell the recruiter what position you are applying for and what characteristics you believe the person in this position should have.

An Associate Consultant requires the ability to communicate ideas, embrace teamwork and exhibit leadership. Bain and Company focuses on the strengths of its individuals while methodically adding value to its clients. My work experience and coursework have supplied me with many skills that can hopefully contribute to the continuing success of Bain and Company.

The third paragraph will be where you get to shine. From your research you will need to list the top 3 to 4 skills that you believe will contribute to the company’s success in the future. Then show how you have demonstrated each skill. It is important to tie each skill to the characteristics of the position you pointed out in the second paragraph. Lastly you will let the recruiter know how your skills will benefit them and their company.

My leadership skills include eleven years of dedication to the Boy Scouts of America organization, eventually earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Teaching a variety of courses, including first-aid, and attending leadership conferences have helped me develop important skills that will help Bain and Company continue to excel.My teamwork skills were demonstrated in the organizing and implementation of the painting of a community center in my hometown. A large task like this would be nearly impossible had it not been for my team. The ability to share common goals with such a diverse group could allow for creative innovations for Bain and Company’s clients. My communication skills have been developed through classes such as Personal Selling and Business Communications, effectively learning how to present professional material and clearly communicating ideas. In the spring of 2006, my peers voted me the “Most Improved Communicator” in communications. An effective communicator can help to deliver results to Bain and Company’s clients.

Finally you will call the recruiter to take action. Either ask for a interview, another meeting, or to discuss future employment opportunities.

I look forward to discussing future employment opportunities with Bain and Company at your convenience.

Sincerely,SignatureNameEnclosure (if you have a resume attached)NOTE: This is assuming you have a specific company in mind. However most of the steps listed above can still be applied to a general letter.

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