Writing a Cover Letter

Jul 23, in Hints & Tips

The application process can be daunting. Not only do you have to write a resume, but also a cover letter. Many find the cover letter writing process rather confusing. Whereas your resume simply describes your accomplishments, a cover letter discusses them and provides the company you are applying for with a part of your personality.

By following a few tips as you write, your cover letter will be sure to impress your future employer.

  1. Know the name of the person to whom you are addressing the cover letter. Do not use generic titles like “To Whom it May Concern” or “Dear Head of Department.” You want to make a connection with the reader.
  2. Introduce yourself—this is where you can send your personality across.
  3. Tell the employer upfront what position you are looking to fill within the company and what skills you have that make you hireable. Highlight any experience you may have in the industry or relevant life experience.
  4. Keep the letter concise. Separate long paragraphs to make them easier to read.
  5. Do not use a generic letter over and over again. Try to write a new letter each time as employers will know if it seems “canned” or not specific enough.
  6. Finally, discuss a follow- up time. State a day that you will be in contact again either by email or phone to talk about your fit into the company.

If you follow these easy tips, you will immediately make an impression on a potential employer. Be sure to use relevant experiences to the apprenticeship you are applying for. Finally, don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm. If your letter comes across as exciting, the employer will feel the same emotion and be more inclined to talk to you in the future and potentially accept you for the position.

For example cover letters for apprenticeships, follow this link.

Image by David Boyle in DC