Cover Letter Formatting Guide

Here is a sample template for your cover letter:

1. Name of the hiring manager, recruiter etc. Dept. name., Company name, Physical address.

Paragraph 1:

Which role you are applying for, and the “what” you are professionally with the “who” you are in terms of personal attributes, making you a suitable candidate for the role.

Paragraph 2:

Cross-reference the Core Competencies and Achievements section of your resume, to answer the job requirements.

Eg. Which hard/transferable skills and achievements do you have that prove you are able to perform this role?

Paragraph 3:

Mention 3 facts about the company and why they appeal to you. State how you will add value to the organization.

Paragraph 4:

Thank the reader for his/her time and state that you are attaching your resume for their consideration.

Sign off: Name, Phone number, Email

A cover letter =1 page; a cover email forms the body of the email = 400 words.

This is NOT a summary of your resume. Attach that.

And NO!

Cover letter/emails are not redundant and do get read.

Courtesy: Kirsty Bonner | #KB