A letter asking to be considered for employment, commonly called a cover letter, is usually accompanied by a resume. A well written cover letter can dramatically improve the chances of getting an interview.
- Writing the introduction
The first paragraph is the introduction. Place a catchy headline at the top of your cover letter. If you do not know the name of the person that does the hiring, do not use a greeting. Include the position that is being applied for and why the company and position are of interest to you. Also, add how the opening was found, forbes.com recommends naming a mutual contact if one is available.
- Writing the body
The body of the cover letter gives specific reasons why you are the best fit for the position. Forbes.com suggests including your most notable achievements. Do not copy your resume, but give examples of what you have done for previous employers.
- Writing the conclusion
Request an interview in the closing paragraph. Be sure to include all of your best contact information. Show gratitude for them taking time for consideration. If desired, tell the potential employer that you will follow up with a phone call. Finally, proofread your letter checking for grammar and spelling to avoid a bad first impression.