Question: I have an excellent Resume that was professionally written for me. But I have always struggled with cover letters. I don't want each cover letter to be a long dissertation of the data that is already compiled in my résumé; I am just looking for a simple yet effective cover letter. Any suggestions of web-sites or books that I can utilize?
Cover Letter Plagiarism is a contradiction in terms.
Job seekers frequently send résumés or employment applications as attachments to a cover letter, by way of introducing themselves to recruiters or prospective employers and indicating their interest in the positions. Employers may look for individualized and thoughtfully written cover letters to screen applicants who are not sufficiently interested in their position or who lack the required writing skills.
A Cover Letter is meant to be individualized to the position that you are applying for.
Here is a basic outline:
- Header. Cover letters use standard business letter style, with the sender's address and other information, the recipient's contact information, and the date sent after either the sender's or the recipient's address. Following that is an optional reference section (e.g. "RE: Internship Opportunity at Global Corporation") and an optional transmission note (e.g. "Via Email to firstname.lastname@example.org"). The final part of the header is a salutation (e.g., "Dear Hiring Managers").
- Introduction. The introduction briefly states the specific position desired, and is designed to catch the employer's immediate interest.
- Body. Go back to the job description. Take the job requirements and briefly outline how you have done that in the past and how you are qualified to do it. Show them you have read the job description and are completely convinced that you are qualified for the position.
- Closing. A closing sums up the letter, and indicates the next step the applicant expects to take. It may indicate that the applicant intends to contact the employer, although some favor the more indirect approach of simply saying that the applicant will look forward to hearing from or speaking with the employer. After the closing is a valediction ("Sincerely"), and then a signature line. Optionally, the abbreviation "ENCL" may be used to indicate that there are enclosures.
I hope that helps.