A cover letter is your personalized introduction to your resume and application. It must be specific for each company to which you write. It should be well-written and free of errors.
A few tips to get you started:
Length – The cover letter is typically about 2-3 paragraphs and 10 sentences long.
Purpose – The letter should be used to generate interest in you and to persuade the hiring manager to take a closer look at your resume.
Content – Each letter should be unique, personal and attention getting. Tell your story – about your interest in the field, a unique experience, passion for the company or a great opportunity you have had. Don’t regurgitate the information that can be found on your resume.
Format – The most acceptable format is business style, often called block style. The text is flush left, single spaced, with a space between paragraphs.
Note – remember that these are general guidelines to follow. Each situation may require adjustment according to the position and application requirements as well as based on the individual’s background and experiences.