Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C - When applying for most jobs, you must include a cover letter with your application materials.  A cover letter provides the prospective employer detailed information about why you are qualified for the job to which you are applying. It is important to always create a fresh cover letter for each position. This shows that you are truly interested in the job and company. There are several parts you will want to include in a cover letter. In this blog, we will discuss each part of the cover letter from top to bottom.

Company Contact Information: First, include the contact information of the company. This consists of the name of the company, the address, city, state, and zip code. This should all be in the upper left side of your document.

Greeting: Next, use a polite greeting. Try to find the name of the hiring manager. When you do, address appropriately with “Mr.” or “Ms.”

First paragraph: In your first paragraph, mention that you are applying for a specific position, as well as how you found the position. If you heard of it through a contact, include the name of that person. The most significant piece of information to add in this section is the reason you want to work for this company. Does the position fall in line with your career goals? Are you looking for a new challenge? Let your potential employer know why you want to work for them.

Second paragraph: In this next paragraph, explain how your qualifications make you the perfect candidate for the position. Make sure to include examples of tasks or interactions that demonstrate your excellent skills. For example, if you are applying for a manager position and you have supervisory experience, mention that and length of time you have been in that role. 

Last paragraph: In this last paragraph, reiterate your interest and the expertise you will bring to the position. To close, thank them for their time and include your current contact information.

Before you send your cover letter, here are some more tips.

  1. Proofread your letter. Spell check does not catch every mistake. Ask a friend or family member to look it over as well.  They may catch something you did not notice.
  2. Look for keywords in the job posting and include them in your letter.
  3.  If job is in a different state, explain your willingness to relocate. What makes you want to move to that area?

Employers only take a few moments to read cover letters, and you want to make sure yours stand out. Use these tips as guidelines and good luck with you job seeking endeavors!

If you would like more information, assistance in finding more resources, tips on how to get the job hunting process started, or more, please reach out to us at CCPL by email, chat, or text. You may also call us at 843-805-6930, leave a voice message, and a library staff member will return your call. Remember, you are not alone.