You only have a few seconds to capture a hiring manager's attention. A well-written, convincing cover letter that articulately addresses the needs and qualifications of a job posting will increase your chances of moving into the “yes” pile.
Here are some things that every cover letter needs:
- A relevant and engaging introduction demonstrating great research about the company and why you want to work for them
- Include the name of someone who you connected with at the company
- Two paragraphs (or three bullet-points) where you match your skills to the needs of the position
- A thank you to the employer and discuss next steps, such as a meeting or interview