How to write a cover letter

Historically, resumes and cover letters have always belonged together. Cover letters have been widely accepted by employers and routinely used by job seekers in the US since circa 1970.

With the development of technology, mobile communication has become a way of life. Technological advancements have almost replaced the traditional methods of communication.
The printed material replaced the conversation…
The phone call replaced printed material…
Then email replaced the phone call…
Then texting replaced the email.

With the dawn of the digital age, has the cover letter become obsolete?

Some would argue that there is no longer a need for a cover letter when submitting a job application. I would disagree with this on several key points:

  • If the resume is the paper form of you, then the cover letter is the paper form of your handshake. Without this necessary ‘formality’ with the employer, how would you go about building a relationship with them in the absence of a proper introduction?
  • If you send an email with an attached resume, wouldn’t the body of your email give reference as to why you are sending it? Would it then follow that the body of the email is, in fact, your cover letter?
  • If you submit a request to transfer or promote within your own organization, business practices dictate that your resume packet would be enclosed with a cover letter.

The conclusion here is that the cover letter is not only needed, but essential to your job-seeking success.

After all, the cover letter states the reason why you are submitting your resume packet to begin with.

The next few videos will walk you through the basic content of a cover letter…

Starting with the header…

And moving to the Salutation…

The opening line…

Support for the opening statement part 1…

Support for the opening statement part 2…

Support for the opening statement part 3…

Support for the opening statement part 4…

And finally – the closing…

Here is the Sample Cover Letter Template template that is yours to customize for your specific situation.

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