Making a cover letter is pretty straightforward. You want it to be short and sweet. In the first paragraph, state That you’re looking for the type of job they are offering and why.
In the second paragraph, state what skills you have that will help you do this job well and maybe an award you might have won while doing something similar.
In the third paragraph, tell them why you feel working for them would be mutually beneficial.
Do not use more than one page for your cover letter. The paragraphs should be anywhere between three and four lines. The middle paragraph could be 5 to 6 lines.
Some companies will not read your package if you do not have a cover letter, and others will ignore the cover letter. The problem is that you don’t know which companies are which. Take the time to write an excellent cover letter. Make it personal between you and the company.
Author: Mike Balof
A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future.
Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.
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