Cover letters are the best way to introduce yourself to a potential employer. For most job openings they are a necessity – and a great way to get the hiring manager to review your resume.
An effective cover letter will not just sell your skills and qualifications, but will also sell you as a person – avoid regurgitating your resume! You will want to use language that paints a vivid picture about who you are and how you will add value to the hiring organization. By talking about how you can contribute through the use of concrete examples, you'll be able to put yourself in the best position to be noticed.
The "perfect" cover letter should contain four main paragraphs:
Learn more about cover letters in our archived webinar "Cover Letters That Cover Everything," presented by Trident's Center for Career Development manager Tanya White-Earnest.
Tanya White-Earnest manages Trident's Center for Career Development. Tanya has over 20 years' experience in Workforce Education, Training and Development, HR and Career Development. Both her undergrad and grad degrees are in Education, focusing on Training and Performance Improvement. She also has extensive experience working with transitioning military members and was a certified Transition Assistance Program Facilitator.