Cover Letters? Blaine's Got You Covered! [guest post]
EXCITING NEWS: This is the first ever guest article on on feistyfletch.com. Fletcher Rowe did NOT write this. I repeat @feistyfletch did not type this awesome post up! A lovely gal named Blaine Williamson did!
If you're interested in writing a guest post here, just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
All about Blaine:
Blaine Williamson is a sophomore undergraduate student at Elon University studying Media Analytics. She is passionate about iced coffee, startups, live music, and the great outdoors. Her professional experience has varied from her work as a fellow on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign to analysis in the non-profit sector to creative content making.
Hi everyone! I’m super stoked to be writing my tips and tricks for a killer cover letter. I’ve been in the professional world from the day I turned fifteen and have had some super cool opportunities over the years. I currently work as the Communications Assistant at The CoOperative, a co-working space in Graham, North Carolina. I absolutely love my job and it’s fostered my deep passion for entrepreneurship and local economy. I hope you can take away something and land a job you love that helps develop your passions.
At the tippy top:
First things first (I'm the realest), have some sort of header/graphic that matches your résumé with all your contact information. This helps with your own branding as well as keeping the company organized as they’re flooded with applicants. Always “Re: (Name of position as listed)” Chances are, they're hiring in a bunch of different departments for different positions, so use this to make sure you're all on the same page.
What caught your eye? Speak briefly about your past experiences (no need to list your whole résumé — they’ve got it) and why you’re excited about this job.
Make a statement about how it combines your personal passions with your professional aspirations (sometimes you have to BS this.) This shows your investment in the job is deeper than another thing to add on your résumé.
Know your worth. I always say something like, "My relevant and up-to-date skills make me an ideal candidate for this position,” or “I am certain that my résumé will you give you a greater understanding of my qualifications for this exciting position.” You know you’re qualified for the job and wouldn’t be applying otherwise, let them know!
Explain how the job would help you grow. Specifically for student internships, companies want to help you grow in the industry you’re interested in. For communications jobs, I always say something like, "Working as an intern for an organization like (Company Name) would provide the exciting experience to gain incredible skills in an ever-changing field.” This is relevant in a lot of other fields as well.
KEY: Show you’ve read the job description and you know what’s expected of you. "I feel as though my education and past professional experiences have equipped me to effectively (list things from job description here).” This shows you know what you’re applying for and what’s expected of you.
I always say something like “I am eager for the opportunity to contribute my enthusiasm and skills to the (Company Name) team.” This shows you’re not only qualified for the job, but excited to do it and be a team player.
Talk about anything in your professional or even personal (to a degree) experience that you either don’t have on your resume or really want to highlight for this particular job. Hone in on things that make you unique and will make you standout from other candidates such as major specificity, closeness with staff, research, etc.
Show you’re ready and willing. I always say something after this, “I have taken on diverse challenges and proven my ability to deliver positive results. I would be delighted to further discuss the possibility of doing the same with (Company Name).”
Logistics. This is especially important for summer internships. Talk about your availability dates, times, housing situation, etc. Again, make sure you’re available (for the most part).
Wrap it up and be expectant. I always say, ”I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with (Company Name) and learn from such a talented team. I look forward to speaking with you soon.” Something short and sweet that politely demands a response.
Thanks so much for reading. If you have any questions feel free to contact me!
P.S. Big thanks to my BFF Fletch for the feature :-)
Hey, it's Fletch again. How is Blaine so smart?? Honestly these are all such great tips! I'm probz gonna use some of these on my own cover letters.
Thanks for reading! I'll be writing a blog post on Thursday!
Until then, LOVE YA!!!