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A cover letter is like the more personality-heavy sidekick to your resume. While your resume gives your potential employer important information about your job history and skills, a cover letter provides more insight into how you hope to use those skills to benefit the company. A professional cover letter can help you get the job you’re qualified for.
One of the best ways to write your cover letter is by using a cover letter builder. ResumeHelp’s cover letter builder breaks down the process into simple, easy-to-follow steps, along with professional cover letter templates that will help guide you in creating a job-winning cover letter.
You do need a new cover letter for every job application. There are two important reasons for this.
A well-written cover letter that’s tailored to each job application will give you a much higher possibility of getting a call back for an interview.
A cover letter should not just be a word-for-word rehash of all the information in your resume. Think of using it as an elaboration of your resume, structured like this:
1. Header: This is where all of your contact information goes, typically with your name a little larger than the rest of your information so the recruiter sees your name before anything else (as you’ll see in our templates). You’ll want to include your name, phone number, email address, physical address and LinkedIn profile, if you have one.
2. Salutation and opening: Use the name of the hiring manager rather than “To whom it may concern.” Introduce yourself, the job you’re applying for, and an overview of your credentials. This is where you’ll typically list top achievements that can really catch the manager’s attention.
3. Body paragraphs: Here, you’ll explain why you’re a good choice for the job you’re applying for. Explain how your skills, past experiences and knowledge all align with what the job listing is looking for.
4. Closing: Request an interview, reiterate that you believe you’re the right choice for the job, and thank the hiring manager for their time. Then use a formal sign-off.
This general structure is basically how you’ll formulate every cover letter. The cover letter builder at ResumeHelp is a great way to stick to this structure with all of your cover letters. Using the cover letter builder, you can quickly produce a cover letter for every job listing, showcasing what a specific job listing values and giving your cover letter a better structure.
Matching your cover letter’s look to your resume allows your job application to look very clean and organized. When you use a matching cover letter and resume, it tells the hiring manager that you really care about the way you’re presenting yourself.
ResumeHelp offers 23 different cover letter layouts and 15 professional resume designs that complement each other. With customizable colors and fonts, you can pair up resume and cover letter templates for a streamlined appearance.
Typically, you don’t want to draw attention to your employment gaps. If the potential employer mentions these employment gaps in your interview, you can talk about it then. If you bring up the gaps yourself, you’re opening yourself up to a lot of questions right off the bat. For this reason, it’s almost always best to just focus on your qualifications and relevant experiences in a cover letter. (Be prepared to discuss the topic if it comes up in a job interview.)
The exception to this is if you can explain an employment gap in a way that makes a positive impact on a hiring manager. For example, if you’re applying to work at a charity that helps support people who need at-home care, and you have a three-year gap in your employment because you had to provide at-home care for your spouse, mentioning it in your letter is a way to build credibility.
The cover letter builder at ResumeHelp includes 23 different cover letter templates, which means there are many different options to choose from, but it’s important to remember that cover letters are much less unique than resumes. The differences between cover letters are pretty small, so you don’t have to pore over the differences too much.
Just remember, it’s very easy to switch between cover letter templates with ResumeHelp’s cover letter builder. Choose a template that catches your eye when you first load up the builder. If you decide that it doesn’t really end up fitting your needs, you can always change it to something that does.
Typically, your job application should include both a cover letter and a resume. If the job description specifically requires anything else, it’s best to listen to the description. You should typically submit the cover letter and resume as individual PDF files (which you can create using our builders).
If you’re ever in doubt, consult the job description to see what’s expected from you. Sticking to these guidelines will show the hiring manager that you know how to follow directions, so make sure you read the job description in full before you start applying.