How to Construct an Unbeatable Cover Letter

Your cover letter is the first communication you make with a potential employer. It’s your first impression, so it better be a good one. Here’s how to write a cover letter that will impress both HR and hiring managers, and separate your application from the others in the pile.

Cover Letter Preparation

The first, and arguably most important step, is researching the company. Make sure that you have an understanding of what the business does, what problem it faces and what it’s looking for in candidates. Don’t fire off a generic letter and resume in hopes that your application might be a match. Explain why you’re the best candidate to solve the company’s specific challenges.

Also, try to find the name and contact information of the person who’s doing the hiring for the position that interests you. A cover letter addressed to the decision-maker shows that you’ve taken the time to find out who’s hiring for the job opportunity. If it’s impossible to find out the contact information, send the cover letter to “Dear Hiring Manager.”

Once all of your research is done, you’re ready to write. But what do you say? These three videos will tell you, step by step.

First Paragraph

Body Paragraphs


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3 Responses to “How to Construct an Unbeatable Cover Letter”

  1. Sorry Cat, but cover letters are for the most part a waste of time and rarely if ever read by a hiring manager or recruiter. It has been several years since they have been recommended or used to any advantage. Nobody takes the time to review them, so a strong resume is the key and first communication with an organization. If it is emailed directly to a hiring manager, then briefly hitting on the points you mention in the email and why you are the one for the position are good, but the key is briefly and just enough info for them to open and review the resume. I have been in staffing for 25 years and from what I have been informed by hiring manages, cover letters are useless.

  2. Ron, I’m going to have to disagree with you. I believe cover letters are extremely important. Employers receive dozens if not hundreds of job applications for a given position. While they may have keyword filters in place to weave out applicants with resumes that do not have relevant experience, they might still end up with a large number. They can’t possibly interview each one of those candidates. That’s where cover letters come into play. It provides the applicant to make a first impression without ever meeting the employer. This saves time and is much more efficient.

    Also, employers will appreciate the fact that you spent the time and effort to put together a cover letter, especially if the application didn’t require one.

    Point is, cover letters are very important, especially if the applicant does not have extensive experience. For example, applications for internships. Cover letters give you a chance to discuss your coursework, interests, etc.