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Write it Right: Cover Letters

teacher avatar Lindsay Granger, Career Development Expert

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9 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Welcome to the course!

      0:56
    • 2. What & Why of Cover Letters

      1:50
    • 3. Cover Letter Construction

      5:24
    • 4. Writing Relevant Content

      6:11
    • 5. Up Next: Editing Examples!

      0:53
    • 6. Editing for Lack of Details

      6:47
    • 7. Editing for Lack of Experience

      9:08
    • 8. Editing a Template Cover Letter

      6:14
    • 9. Thanks for watching!

      0:50
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There is no getting around it - writing cover letters is not fun. In my years as a career coach, I have never met someone who was excited at having to write a cover letter for a job application. Even people who know the rules and structure of the document have trouble with them, and for good reason - they’re weird! In few other contexts is one expected to distill their education and professional accomplishments down to three or four paragraphs, picking only two or three that really matter, and up-selling the crap out of them. It’s like writing a brief infomercial for yourself... and how many of us love those things? But if the employer wants a cover letter, you have to write a cover letter. There is no getting around it. 

In this course, I will give you the ins and outs of cover letter writing. We will go over what they should look like, how to tailor them to specific jobs, and general strategies to make the writing easier. After that, I will go over some samples with common mistakes and give tips for fixing the writing. By the end of this course, you will be able to write a solid cover letter for your next application!

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1. Welcome to the course!: Hi, I'm Dr Lindsay and welcome to write it. Write cover letters in this course. I'll give you the ins and outs of cover letter writing. We'll go over what these letters look like. Have a tailor them for specific jobs and just some general strategies to make the writing process a lot easier. After that, we will over samples that point out some common mistakes and give tips for fixing the writing. By the end of this course, you should be able to write a solid cover letter that you can use to applying for and get your next great job. The project for this is to write a cover letter there, downloads with both a worksheet that goes over the sections for it and then also some of the examples that will go over so that you can really get a sense of what's gonna work and what's not going to work for the standard cover letter and awesome for you and for your specific skills and experiences. So stick around because you're gonna end up with something really great 2. What & Why of Cover Letters: A. In this model of write it, write cover letters will go over what a cover letter is and why an employer may ask you to write one. Cover letters are not supposed to be great pieces of literature you're not writing to become a published author. Your writing to get a job. Of course, you need to be engaging these proper grammar syntax, sentence structures all of that. But you can leave the creative writing devices for another day. Even if the job is a writing job, they'll likely ask for a writing sample for you to show off your talents and not based. You base it on their cover letter, so that's really not why we're here. Cover letters are at bottom marketing documents where you highlight your strengths as they relate to the job that you're applying. For now, you might be thinking, Isn't that arose? May not quite. While your resume gives the employer of general sense of your qualifications for their job , Ah, cover letter digs a lot deeper into your most relevant experiences and provides a level of detail that cannot be achieved through those shorts. The staccato statements on a resume. It's where you could more specifically and explicitly connect the dots between what you've done in the past on what you can do for the company. In other words, a cover letter is not a nerd version of your resume you saw in the previous slide. The resume provides the breath, and the cover letter provides the depths. It's where you situate yourself within both the job and the company and show the employer what it would be that it would be mutually beneficial decision for them to hire you in. The next section will go over what exactly goes into a cover letter? 3. Cover Letter Construction: Welcome back in this module. We'll dig into cover letter construction by discussing the key parts of each section. In general, cover letters are loosely modeled off of a business letter format and should not exceed one page. This means that you include your name and limited contact information such as phone number , email address. It's pretty much enough the name and address of the company, the date and to whom the letter is intended before you go into the content of the letter, if you don't know exactly who to adjust it to than putting dear hiring manager or dear selection committee is perfectly fine. And, yes, you have to do this format when you're emailing the letter. It shows that you know the protocol and says more about your professionalism than anything else. And yes, it takes up eight hunt of very important base on the one page document, which is why your paragraphs need to be concise. And speaking of paragraphs, here's what they should look like. The first paragraph is the introduction where you introduce yourself to the reader shocking piece of advice. I know the formula for this is pretty standard. First say who you are what position you're applying for and where you found it. Next, give a bit of information. Are your education. It's especially true if you're a recent grad and background detail. So just current employer reason for applying things like that. Finally, you say something about your qualifications, answer the question. Why are you a good fit for this position with this particular company? This last part should foreshadow your body paragraphs in both topic and organization. For example, if you say my personal and professional experiences make me an excellent candlelit bird of this job that you use the next part to discuss those experiences in that order. This introductory paragraph is also where you can begin to connect yourself to the company . You should include networking events, informational interviews and other places we've interacted with the company and its employees. These activities show that you have a demonstrated interests and working there. If you want to list specific people, be sure that they're OK with being contacted and will be able to speak positively about you . The second and maybe third paragraphs are the body paragraphs. These are the meat of your cover letter and provide the reader with more information on the relevant experiences and skills that you list on your resume, instead of stating the tasks and responsibilities, focus on the results of your work. After all, it's one thing to say what you were supposed to do. But highlighting your accomplishments give the reader more insight into what you actually did. One thing that I see waiting too much as a desire toe list off every single thing that an applicant feels makes them qualified without providing contextual details. Since the cover letter must be kept, tow one page is much more effective to choose a handful of skills to discuss in depth rather than providing a list e survey of responses that gives the breath but not the ducks . The resume is where you give that general overview, not here. Be sure to highlight skills and related experiences that are relevant to the job. I can feel you rolling your eyes at the obviousness of this point, but I can count on all of my fingers and toes how many times applicants give really deep, thick, beautiful descriptions of things that will not matter. Toe what They're fine, too. Employers don't care how great you are Photoshopped or in design. If they want someone to be their asset manager, such a still could be is out, you add, but it's not worth taking up. Precious cover letter real estate to do so. That is what the skill section of your resume is for. To ensure that you're sticking to the important points, go back to the job description and see what skills the company has indicated that they're looking for. Then you can use their words to guide your cover letter. The last paragraph of your letter is the closing here. You reiterate your interest in the position. Say what you're most impressed about with the company and tell the reader how you could contribute via the position you are applying to. Getting this part right is critical for getting hired as a seasoned recruiter will be able to tell if you've personalized that or not. Vague statements like I like your company because it's a leader in the field will get you nowhere. In most instances, Instead provide the reader with concrete reasons why their leader and what system, apart from their competitors, this is a much more effective move. Finally, it is typical to end a cover letter by thinking the reader for their consideration, inviting them to contact you further to discuss your qualifications. There's no need to put your contact information in this part, since it's already on the page and on your resume and in any other application materials. So now that we've gone over the basics of cover letter construction, the next part will talk about how to take the sections the next level with great relevant content. 4. Writing Relevant Content: this video will go over how to decide what skills and experiences to highlight in your cover letter. At the very least, your application documents must be relevant to the job that you're applying for. Their contents have to be connected in an obvious way to this position or else they won't be effective. Given their length. Cover letters are not the place for you to be subtle. You don't want to imply that you're qualified for merely hint at your accomplishments. You really need to hit the reader over the head with irrelevant experiences or else they won't get it and you won't get the interview. The best way to do this is to go back to the job description and see what skill set the company has indicated there looking for. If you're lucky and have an informative job posting to reference these skills, contempt likely be found in the responsibilities or qualification sections. If you're coasting is a little thin, do some research on the position itself to see what skill set is considered. Standard Goto industry research sites such as Oh Net just own at online dot org's to get some overall details of the job or read job descriptions for familiar roles on sites like indeed dot com at different companies, then compare these sources should provide you with a decent amount of information. So pull from once you have an idea of what the job entails, Go to the company website to one. See how the position fits within the organization as a whole, and to catch the general vibe of the place, read up on the mission vision values of the company, as well as a department or division that houses the position that you're applying for. Not only will this information be useful in closing in closing paragraph of your cover letter, you can also use it in your interview to answer questions like, Why do you want to work here or what could you contribute to our company? After you've gone through these steps, go back to your resume and pull out three or four skills or experiences that are most related to what you just read about each one. Ask yourself, Where did the skill or experience come up in my research? So did you see it on own and did you see it in a bunch of the positions on Indeed, or did you not see it? It all. You can really use these resources to gauge how really relevant that skill or experience is and how it may be viewed by the people reading your letter. Similarly, you can ask, is the skill or experience explicitly written in the job description? So is it something that they're looking for? Where did you see it and where? Where was it emphasized if it was written about So was it in? Kind of see something, a lot of different places? Or just once, that maybe the bottom of the list of qualifications or responsibilities? Because then you can you that list loosely to gauge what's gonna be more or less important and evaluating applicants. Another question is, can I provide enough details about this skill or experience to make a body paragraph? You really want to be able to tell a complete story, tell a narrative, or have it fit within a lot larger narrative of your application. And so if it's something that they talk about a lot, but that you maybe have a passing experience in or something that you didn't use, a ton are very confident and then it may be a stretch to be something that you discuss in the cover letter, but you can absolutely see that information to discuss it in an interview. And finally, consider is the skill or experience representative of what I want to do in the role. So this is really important because you really want Teoh. Put your efforts towards applying to a job that you'll actually enjoy. So if the skill or experience that maybe they write about a lot, it's something that you can do but don't enjoy doing. Then really sit with that and think if it's going to be the right fit for you, because you'll probably burn out by doing a lot of tasks or engaging in a lot of activities that you can dio but don't like. So, once you've considered, all of these things can pick the strongest two or maybe three if they're related enough to put in the same paragraph. And these are going to be the skills and experiences that will make up the bulk of your cover letter. If you don't think your strongest experiences are a match for the job, then I've got 12 Do not apologize. Don't apologize to the reader if you think that your past isn't right for the position that you're applying to freezes. Like I know I haven't done these sorts of things, but or I realize that my past experiences don't the cause the reader to think about how you might not be qualified, which is the opposite of what a cover letter is supposed to dio. Even if you follow up these statements with ways that you'd be great for the job, the competing sentiments tend to cancel each other out by acknowledging why you aren't 100% qualified. You're planting the seed of doubt in the reader's head or, probably more accurately, you're wandering the seed of doubt that they already have. If they ran your resume, the recruiter likely already. Those the points where you fall short, so don't remind them. Instead, focus on how you're seemingly disparity. Experiences make you uniquely qualified for the position. You want to convince the reader that you're able to do the job and leave them wanting to confirm this in an interview. That's activity time. So now that you know what a cover letter should look like and what it should contain right one. Use the section by section cover letter brainstormed in the download packet to sketch out each paragraph and then use your responses to pull together a draft. Don't worry about it being bad. Don't worry about it. You know not being application where they because the next section of this course is all about editing cover letters, so enjoy. 5. Up Next: Editing Examples!: Okay, So now that you have gotten all the details on how to construct a cover letter and you have , hopefully if he's done the product, have a really great draft toe work off of. Now it's time to look at some samples and see how we can edit them to make them better. So in the next few videos will walk through the edits to three different types of cover letters. The 1st 1 lacks specific details. The next one, the applicant will act some relevant experiences, and the third will talk about how to address and tailor a template cover letter. So none of these examples are from real people. But all of them are based on really common issues that I see all the times and have have seen throughout my career. All of the samples are also included in the project Download recommend referencing them as we go through the edit so that everything makes more sense. All right, so let's get started 6. Editing for Lack of Details: so in this next part, Like I said, we're gonna go over a few specific cover letters. So this 1st 1 is one that is lacking experience. Related details on the next line has a copy of it, but feel free to follow a long time in the download packet as we move through the actual edits. So here is the letter, um, I'll quickly read it. It's with great excitement that I am applying to the assistant data analyst position at Close and Co. I recently earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from ABC University, where I also minored in statistics. I believe that this academic background has prepared me well for this position in your company is I have training in an array of data programs and could quickly learn more. On top of this, My involvement in the Fashion Club shows they have a passion for the industry that it's probably different from other candidates for this position. When you read my resume, you will see that I'm highly qualified. In the following areas are high thon and S P SS qualitative coding methodologies, teamwork and communication. Behavioral economics Close and Co. As one of my favorite brands. So the prospect of working for your great organization is truly a dream come true. Your stories are always so welcoming, and the clothes you create are among the favorite things in my closet. I would be It would be so cool toe. Wear your products while running your numbers. I always wanted to work somewhere that I felt truly passionate about, and I know that this is the right job for me. Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope to hear from you soon. On a scale of 1 to 10 I'd give this cover letter a solid six. The length is good. There's a clear sense that the writer is genuine. You excited about the position? Maybe too excited, but we'll get to that later as you is guest from the topic of this letter, the major Khan that is lacking pertinent details. Let's do some digging and see where we can add more. This intro paragraph hits on the points that it's supposed to. It provides information about the applicants background and gives the reader a sense of how their skills and experiences will work. At Close and Co. The main thing that fixes the last line of the paragraph where the writer makes assumptions about other applicants. While you always want to highlight where you think you stand out, it's poor form, toe frame, this and language that more than implies that you think you're actually better than other people. Off course, you think you're the best candidate was just wire flying. But the idea of show don't tell is a better to take. A better sentence would be on top of this. My involvement in the fashion club highlights the deep connection that I have with the industry as a whole. This way it puts you on top, tries to set you apart without making that clear distinction of I'm better. And here's why. Now for the Body Paragraph. This is where I have the most issue with this document. While the section has information, it isn't informative because the writer doesn't go into any detail about the skills they claim to have. As I've said before and will say again, cover letters are supposed to provide depth to the resume of breast. They're supposed to give them flares contacts into your experiences, explaining them more deeply than can be done on a resume. These bullet points don't do any of that. The writer skill set is impressive and likely speaks directly to the job posting, but there's no narrative. We don't know the scope of the still sat because we don't know how it was used. Employers need to understand the where, why and how of your qualifications so they can see if you're skilled enough to do what they want you to do. So how do we fix this? By adding that contacts, the writer needs to share some of their experiences in order to contextualized thes skills , adding details about where specific programming languages were used. Which ones and which ones are part of on the particular skill set strength would be great additions to the section. In addition, weeding and transferrable skills like teamwork and communication are always a plus. Since spaces on a Scream you, it's always good to find a story that weaves together multiple bullet points. For example, if this writer worked on a group project for a behavioral economics course that included the use of a statistics package and some qualitative elements, that would be the perfect story to tell because it touch on the key point. But each of these bullets they could use their skill set and share it in a way that doesn't sacrifice anything in the likely event that this unicorn incident does not exist, I would say to use this space to describe to experiences that illustrate the skills listed in the existing cover letter. This may mean making two paragraphs for the body, but it will be much more effective than the current format. Well, it's always good to share firsthand knowledge and enthusiasm for the company. This concluding paragraph is a bit too sycophantic for a cover letter. Even if these statements are true, it is not the best look to fan out in this. To this degree, the writer needs to do a better job of positioning themselves within. The company has an employee, not as a customer. They could easily fix us by focusing the paragraph on how their knowledge, skills and experiences would be an asset to the company. Instead of just saying how cute their clothes and stores are, the writer should draw on their passion for clothes and CO. By discussing their mission, vision and or values rather than their products. This way they could show the recruiter that they want to more than just a employee discount . If you find that your cover letter is lacking relevant details, think about your experiences as they relate to the job you're applying to. Have you ever used your skill set in a situation that is similar to one you might face in that role? What skills and abilities most aligned the drop replying to? As much as you may want to share a huge personal or professional accomplishment, you have to make sure it is related to the job. Otherwise, the employer might say, Cool story, bro. Move on to an applicant that appears to be better suited for the actual job, save the less relevant yet still compelling experiences for your interview. Finally, as tempting as it might be to say, refer to my resume strongly advise against this. If a company on Lee wants to see what is on your resume, they wouldn't ask you for a cover letter. Remember that the purpose of this document it's arrived. More depth and detail toe what is on your resume, so use this opportunity to your advantage 7. Editing for Lack of Experience: in her second letter, We'll go over fixes for a cover letter where the writer it's lacking experiences again. Read along in the packet as I go through this letter is to support my application to the assistant community manager position that is posted on the Face Space Careers Page. I'll be graduating from H. I J College in May, the degree in English literature and look forward to working at a fast pace company like yours. I believe my education and related experiences make me a great candidate for your company. He started using face space over five years ago, so I'm very familiar with the platform. As an active participant in various groups, I know what it takes to maintain community standards and norms. I'm well versed in Internet culture, so I am intuitively aware of what works and what does not in this medium, In addition, has an English lit major in college. I'm used to reading for long periods of time. This girl will definitely serve me well in this type of position, and rob base base would be a great start to my career. Well, I do not have any professional. It's Berries and social media or community management. I believe in my ability to learn quickly and adapt to new experiences. I see a career path in this space, so I hope you could give me a shot. Thanks for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you Soon Wolf. I give this cover letter a solid floor. Since it is the lacking experience letter, he should be clued into the fact that this cover letter content has a very loose connection to what the job description likely says. It's like the author was writing for the job title and the company, rather than speaking to the actual skills that the company lead out. This is a problem I see a lot, especially with career changers who have had experience in unrelated fields in recent college grads who don't think they have any experience whatsoever. The truth is that almost everyone has experience that can work for most jobs. The issue isn't the framing and language. The writers, academic experiences and as an English lit major and just through the liberal arts in general are probably very relevant to this position at face space. So let's work together, figure out how the introductory paragraph is fine. It's not fancy or compelling, but it's good enough for a cover letter. The writer does a good job of introducing themselves, providing a little bit of background information. The line that feels generic is I want to work at a fast pace company because what we don't even know what that means. That space company is such a ubiquitous phrase that it really doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things. In a positive sense, it can convey that your nimble worker who doesn't need a strong sense of day today sameness to do good work. If this is how you mean it, it is way more effective to say that and provide an example. It is something that you want to highlight about yourself anyway. And just use the fast paced company. Freeze and keep it moving, because the negative of this phrase is that you don't like stability, and we'll easily get bored in industries where things are often static, it could convey to the employer that you may not be a good spin, and all likelihood the writer just took this raise from the job description and added it to their intro to match the posting. I wouldn't recommend doing this unless is an important part of your narrative, and you have the experiences that can back it up. His body paragraph is where the author really highlights the fact that they have zero experience, both with using a social media platform for professional purposes and with writing cover letters in general. The whole hire me because I know how to Internet Vibe is the easiest way to knock it. Hired at a company like this, that's like telling a bank to hire you because you've had a checking account since the second grade. It's a hallmark of not taking an industry seriously because you have some familiarity with it on a personal level, saying that you are intuitively aware of how something as complex as the Internet works does not convey, that you'd be able to kill it at this job. At most, it means that you're a digital native, which is probably the same as every other applicant for this job. Long story short, the writer needs to do a better job of articulating their experiences and specific qualifications. The only skill that they mentioned is their ability to read for long periods of time because they weren't English major. While this isn't necessarily a unique feature, since most people at liberal arts institutions read massive amounts of material and pursuit of their degrees, the author needs to say more about it in order for the sentence to be effective at selling . This is a real qualification. Still, there, definitely onto something may bring up their education, and it will serve them well. So explore further suffix Discover letter. The writer needs to say more about their skills as they relate to the position without seeing their resume. I'm going to assume that their key work experiences Air unrelated to this assistant community manager job because otherwise they wouldn't be is wishy washing on their qualifications. So the writers key experiences school. They need to provide real examples for how this will translate to the job. Reading is an important part, but so is judgment. Critical thinking and problem solving and understanding, social sciences, psychology and even certain critical theories. No, the best ways to moderate different types of content and communication skills, especially written communication skills, will be really important a role like this, so I would advise the writer to create a narrative that weaves together some of their experience with these skills with their understanding of Internet cork culture in order to make a compelling case for their qualifications. For this job, this closing commits a few cardinal sins of cover letter construction. First, you never want to say that a company would be a great start to your career because it says that you're using it as a stepping stone to something bigger and better. And even if this is the truth, which it probably is for a first Shaw, it's poor form to come out with it. The second sentence saying explicitly that you don't have any experience. It will be clear from the resume that they don't have direct experience. There's no need to explicitly state it. The third is that they gave up at the end, saying, I hope you give me a shot. Is the white flag of cover letters surrender? You have to close with confidence, and this is anything but that. So what are the fixes? First, the author has to give more concrete reasons for wanting to work at base base. They were my client. I would ask them to consider. The following is they're a great company culture. Are the mission vision values aligned with yours? Which aspect of the position speaks to you the most? They should play out their belief in their abilities who learn quickly and adapt to new experiences. I explicitly tying it to the company of position. This whole paragraph needs to marry them to the job and strongly state their case for an interview. If you are a lack of direct experience is showing in your cover letter. There are a few things you can dio. The main strategy is to focus on your transferrable skills, Mr Talents and Abilities that you picked up in one setting that can be used. A K H transferred to others. Soft skills like teamwork and communications. Hard skills like data analysis and certain software programs are used in a wide variety of jobs and industries to figure out which of your skills air transferrable to the ones in the position. Take a look at the job description. You should be able to tell from any sort of responsibilities or qualifications action. See where your skill set and those required for the job overlap and focus your cover letter on the two industries to just three strongest incidences. In describing your transferrable skills, Be sure to provide enough details to show your strength, but not enough to highlight the contextual differences. Too much focused on any accomplishments and positive results to demonstrate the strength of your skills. Another strategy for discussing and disguising a lack of direct experiences to bring up any outside of work instances were you gain relevant knowledge and skills. This is especially effective for recent grads who have academic experiences in an area but have yet to use their knowledge in a professional setting. Also, people who are self taught and freelancers or contract workers who've not had one city place of employment. Doing this illustrates your knowledge and demonstrates an interest in the functions of the job, even if you have yet to perform them in that specific capacity, it then allows you to drive the message. Hold that you're very excited at the prospect of using your cultivated skill set in a more direct way. Speaking of messaging, you should never draw attention to your lack of direct experience. I've said this before. I will continue to say it because it is true. Instead, emphasize your skills and play up the fact that you've used them in a variety of environments. Discussing the diversity of your experience also shows the employer that you potentially have unique perspectives that you can add to the team. 8. Editing a Template Cover Letter: welcome back. In this final example, we'll go over ways to spot and fix a template cover letter read along in the packet. As I read this last, I'm writing to apply for the editorial assistant position at your company that I found on dot com. I have extensive experience with writing, editing and general content creation in both print and digital publications. I believe that my talent and skills will be a valuable addition to your team and overall organization. For the past few years, I've been building up my portfolio with a combination of staff, freelance and independent projects within the field. Juggling these responsibilities as a full time student gave me strong time and task management skills. In addition, these very projects gave me exposure to different styles of writing and types of editing necessary to make each piece shine in its distinct area. As such, I'm confident in my ability to do editorial work for your company. I'm excited by the prospect of continue my career at your organization. Your work is consistently at the highest levels, and I'm always impressed by the diversity of stories and voices represented by your writers . I know that I would be an asset to your team and look forward to speaking to you about my qualifications. Thanks for your time and consideration. I give this cover letter a seven out of 10. It's not awful, but it's obviously a template, and every employer worth their salt will recognize that fact immediately and perhaps discarding the application. Submitting a template cover letter shows a general laziness and lack of care about the position and employer sends and not want to reward that behavior with an interview that said, From a job Speakers Perspective, A template cover letter takes the tedium out of rating a brand new letter every time you want to apply to a position, especially when the new position is exactly like the last five that they apply to this act is why I included this lesson. Having a template is a valuable time saver, but you have to tailor and appropriately so that the employer feels like it is a bespoke document. Before digging into the pieces of this cover letter, I want to talk about what makes it so obvious to a trained eye that it is a template First , there's no mention of the company name anywhere in the letter that just vaguely mentions your organization and provides accolades that could be true for a host of similar organizations. Second, there's only one mention of the job title and no direct connection between the experiences the writer describes in the position they're applying to. Their examples are things that are applicable to a broad rule of editorial assistant. But don't speak to anyone specific job. Vague language and broad statements are the high. Are the HomeArts off a template cover letter? Fortunately, they're pretty easy to fix. Outside of just being vague and not mentioning the company's name, the introduction is also very short. The writer list out pertinent aspects of their background, but they don't do any of the contextualizing that typically comes in this paragraph. They could stand to say more about where these talents and skills came from, by simply naming the school they attended or a previous employer. Also saying that you found a job warning dude is like saying that you found a book on Amazon and it's on. Indeed, it's likely posted on an industry job board or the company's website to make the less of a template. They should give a different, much more niche location of discovery. The body, paragraph sees, says a lot without saying much is indicative of a template. The writer mentions key skills and a few experiences that imply a particular skill set, and a reader could get the general sense that they know how to do editorial work. To make this more effective cover letter, however, the author needs to provide more experiences related to the job they're applying for. This needs to demonstrate how and where their background and experiences fit that particular editorial assistant role in that specific company. I would advise this writer to craft their narrative through a discussion of the ways that they're diverse. Employment background gave them exposure to a variety of styles that would serve him well in this role. This is very similar to the diversity of experiences advice in our cover letter example Number two. They could then describe one or two hyper relevant experiences that home in on the particular details that would be attractive to this company. It may me making the body to pair crafts, but longer and more detailed is way more effective than short and big. This letter's closing paragraph lacks the why which makes sense in this tends to be different for each company to fix. Ist. The writer needs to say a few things that are unique to the company and make them want to work there. For example, does a writer that they admire have a connection to the publication or they particularly impressed by recent story? Are they a leader in a specific Drawn our work these air pretty easy questions to answer and too fake. But they would as much more to this closing paragraph that I do love the confidence of the last sentence, which is something that would work for any cover letter. If you have a template cover letter, you still need to take the time to add the details that tie it to the position you're flying. Teoh. Yes, it takes the easy of applying, which is probably why you were of the template in the first place. But it significantly increases your chances of getting an interview because it shows that you care to make the tailoring of a template letter easy. Mark up your document with places that you could easily expand so that you could just insert the details and keep it moving to make sure that you don't accidentally submit this draft document. I've seen that happen many times. You want to make sure these notations air in a different color or font, so they jump out through your job search case. A little extra effort goes a long way on a job search, so be sure to take some time with your cover letter to make it right. 9. Thanks for watching!: great. So you made it to the end of the court. Hopefully, you have a little bit better sense of what goes into writing cover letters, how to tailor them for specific jobs. How to edit your own copies. Andi, just generally more confidence with writing that's really important, yet really annoying. Application documents cover letters are absolutely a pain to write, even for someone like me knows how to do all this anyway. But the having to write one should never deter you from applying for a job. So hopefully again. This demystified the process for you and gave me some actionable tips of the necessary to tackle this part of the job search. Be sure to upload your cover letter brainstorm for review in the Project gallery. And thanks for watching good luck on your job search.