Q: What should I include in a cover letter? I don’t want to sound too pushy or too desperate in my search, even though I am out of work.
A: Cover letters can be the difference maker in whether someone will give your resume or you a second glance. Although not all of the cover letters I have sent have been received or even read, they do make you stand out from others.
If I had to look back at the formula I used, it was simple, and got to the point quickly. Here is a sample cover letter format that you can take and try out for yourself.
The first paragraph should be brief, and introduce why you are writing (ie I’d like to express my interest in interviewing for….”
The second paragraph states briefly who you are, your credentials, etc. Two to three sentences would suffice.
The third paragraph states why you feel you are the right match for the job. Again, two to three sentences.
Finally, a polite followup (I look forward to the possibility of meeting with you soon. Please contact me at your earliest convenience at….)
And lastly, a sincere close
with your contact information (phone, email, and street address) at the bottom.