You probably already understand that there is no such thing as the perfect cover letter. That can make creating a cover letter for your resume a real challenge, especially if you’re so intent on getting everything just right that you lose sight of the forest for the trees. While there is no ideal cover letter, there are common traits that all great cover letters share. What you need is a general cover letter that can meet your specific needs. We’ll show you how to write a generic cover letter along with some tips.
These letters all contain some common elements, and a fairly routine format. For example:
Begin with the formalities, and adhere to standard professional letter formatting:
Your name, address (including city, state, and zip), phone number and email should be listed on separate lines, on the left side of the page. The date goes next, with the recipient’s contact information placed below that date.
That recipient information should include the contact name and title of the hiring manager, the company name, and business address.
That should be followed by a salutation, and the content of the general cover letter:
Naturally, the details of your general cover letter will differ from this example, but the basic format and style is one that can work well for a variety of different needs. And once you draft your generic cover letter, you can customize certain details to ensure that you more specifically address the needs of the company you’re attempting to join.
Use numbers wherever possible to catch the hiring manager’s attention. Don’t just say you increased sales, state the specific percent or dollar amount increase.
Always make an effort to use strong verbs to describe your experience. Managed, increased, hired and implemented are some examples. We wrote an awesome list of 101 power verbs to use on a resume and cover letter.
Remember that your cover letter is a gateway to the resume. Once the hiring manager looks at your resume, they should be convinced that you’re a great candidate for the position. You can get a free resume review from ZipJob and see what improvements you can make on your resume.
Good luck with your Job Search!