If there’s a gap in your resume, you have the opportunity to explain why it’s there.
If you’re changing careers, you have the chance to describe why you’re making the switch. Maybe not sold on the idea but now know why you need to spend time on it? How you start a cover letter influences whether someone keeps reading—and you want them to, right?
This can feel like a lot to do on one cover letter, let alone several, so Kahn likes to remind his clients that quality comes first.
Target the jobs you’re most closely drawn to and qualified for and give them all your energy, rather than try to churn out hundreds of cover letters.
Third of all, get your contact information on there, including your name, phone number, and email (most of the time, your address and theirs is irrelevant)—and on every page, if yours goes over one.
“Imagine you come across a cover letter and you print it out with a bunch of applications to review and it doesn’t have the person’s contact information on it,” states Godfred.
You’ll most likely write this version if you’re applying to a very traditional company (like a law firm or major healthcare company) or a very traditional role (like a lawyer or accountant), or when you’re just looking to lean more conservative and safe.
Let’s say you’re applying to a paralegal job opening.
More on that later), but also highlight your ability to lead teams and communicate effectively. Kahn explains that your closing line could include your next steps, such as “I welcome the opportunity to speak with you more about how I can contribute to [team]” or “I would love to schedule a time for us to discuss this role and my experience.” But more importantly, “you want to make sure that you’re gracious and thanking them,” he says.
“Companies are embracing authenticity, they’re embracing humanity, they’re looking for people who are going to fit their culture. While seemingly cliché, it never hurts to end on a simple “thank you for your consideration.” You can, however, exclude the “references upon request” line.