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How to Write a Better Cover Letter

The purpose of a cover letter is to get a potential employer to read your resume. Your cover letter should be well written, organized and tailored for each job you are applying to. Remember, your cover letter should introduce your resume, not just repeat details. Use it as an opportunity to introduce yourself and explain how your skills and experiences will benefit the company.

How to Write a Great Cover Letter:

1. Contact information

  • Use the same letterhead as your resume
  • Include the name and address of the employer in the top left-hand corner
  • Use the correct spelling and salutation for the person you are contacting

2. Introduction

  • Introduce yourself
  • State the position for which you are applying
  • Show that you have researched the company. State why you want to work for them, express a particular interest in the position, and explain how you would benefit their team

3. Body (1-2 Paragraphs)

  • Demonstrate how your skills match the job for which you are applying
  • Explain how you qualify for the position
  • Describe how your academic, volunteer and work experience directly relates to the role
  • Show personal interest and/or knowledge about the industry or specific company

4. Closing (1 Paragraph)

  • Re-state your interest and express a desire for an interview
  • State the best way to contact you
  • State that you will follow up within a specific time frame
  • Thank the employer for considering you as a candidate for the position
  • Close with the appropriate sign off (sincerely, yours truly, regards etc.)
  • Sign your name in black ink with your name printed below

With your cover letter and resume complete, you’re ready to start applying for jobs. Lannick posts brand new jobs at Canada’s top employers daily.

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