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Cover Letters - Crafting Your Cover Letter
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Cover Letters: Crafting Your Cover Letter
Lesson 1: crafting your cover letter, crafting your cover letter.
You've found the job you want and have spruced up your resume in hopes of getting it. Now all you have to do is submit it, right? Not so fast! Every resume should have a great cover letter to go with it. So what's a cover letter? And why do you need one? This lesson will help you answer these questions as you explore interactive examples. Specifically, you will learn the purpose of a cover letter , identify the main parts of a cover letter , find out what makes a cover letter effective , and use several cover letter dos and don'ts as you write your own cover letter.
Watch the video below to learn some tips for creating a great cover letter.
What is a cover letter?
As discussed in our Resume Writing tutorial, prospective employers use your resume to learn about your education, skills, and work history, as well as who you are and how to reach you. Your cover letter has a slightly different purpose.
As the name implies, a cover letter is a document that introduces you and accompanies your resume. It is what a hiring manager will see first.
In a competitive job market, hiring managers may get hundreds of resumes for only one position. Going through all of them can be time consuming. To alleviate the time strain, most hiring managers will quickly read over or scan cover letters to decide which resumes to read more closely.
Cover letters provide YOU with an opportunity to:
- Demonstrate how well you express yourself and that you have researched the organization and position
- Tell prospective employers what position you’re interested in, why you are interested in it, and how you came to know about it
- Highlight a few key skills that demonstrate your qualifications for the specific organization and position
- Thank the hiring manager in advance for her time and consideration
Cover letters provide HIRING MANAGERS with a chance to:
- Decide whether to look at your resume
- Select a small number of resumes to read more closely
Both resumes and cover letters should be customized for each specific job opportunity . If you see a job posting that requests a resume, send both a cover letter and resume.
Include a cover letter every time you submit a resume for a job, even if you are emailing it or uploading it to a job board!
What are the parts of a cover letter?
A cover letter is really just a formal business letter that acts as an introduction to your resume. Because it is a formal business document, it should be in block business letter format . In this format, text is left justified (aligned on the left-hand margin).
- Date : This is the date the letter is written. We recommend using the Month Day, Year format, such as January 27, 2009.
- Address : For the address, you should provide your home mailing address followed by the hiring manager's address .
- Greeting: The greeting is an important part of your cover letter. It establishes who you are sending the resume and cover letter to. We recommend that you try to find the name of the hiring manager to use here. If you can't find a name, use a generic term like Staff Selection Team or Hiring Manager .
- Body : The body is the main part of your cover letter. This is where you explain what job you are interested in and how you learned about it . It should also present you as the best possible candidate for the job, and explain what actions you will take next.
- Close : Use a polite and professional phrase here, such as Sincerely, Respectfully , or Kind Regards .
- Signature : This area should contain your name, a written signature (if you're mailing the letter), and another way to contact you (such as a phone number or email address ).
- Enclosure line : Use this line whenever you include a separate item in the same envelope or email message. It will tell the recipient to look for the enclosed attachment, which will usually be your resume, but could also be samples of your previous work.
If you're sending a cover letter via email , you don't need to include the date , return address , or mailing address at the top of the page. Just include your own address and other contact information, such as your email or phone number, below your name in the signature area .
Writing an effective cover letter
To be effective, the body paragraphs of your cover letter must really sell you as the best candidate for the job. This area should highlight your accomplishments and qualifications, as well as explain how you can benefit the company. It should be easy to read and have a positive tone.
Each paragraph of your cover letter has a different purpose, and there are strategies you can use to make each paragraph effective.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to review the three body paragraphs in this cover letter:
The first paragraph can start with an introduction, but it should always start by stating which job you are applying for . Include the job name and number (if applicable). You should also mention where you found the job posting .
Try to include some details about the company you found while researching the job. This kind of detail can help to demonstrate your interest in the position.
Another good strategy in the opening paragraph is to explain your relationship with the company (if you have one).
The second paragraph should work to position you as the ideal candidate for the job . It should also describe your career accomplishments , demonstrate that they meet or exceed the job requirements , and explain how you will be an asset to the company .
You may want to use a bulleted list to make this section easier for the hiring manager to scan.
The third paragraph should request an interview or meeting, provide your preferred contact information , and thank the hiring manager for considering your application.
Cover letter tips
The following are some tips to make your cover letter the best it can be.
Gather all necessary information first
This includes the job description, name of the hiring manager, and any other research you have gathered about the company.
Some employers may want you to provide additional materials, such as writing samples, with your resume. Others might not accept applications that are sent via email. Before you respond to any job posting, read the directions carefully so you can provide exactly what is required.
Address your letter to a specific individual
If this is not possible, use a gender-neutral greeting, like Dear Hiring Manager or Staff Selection Team .
Write a rough draft
Focus on the purpose of each paragraph:
- In the first paragraph, introduce yourself, indicate the desired position, and explain how you came to know about the position.
- In the second paragraph, sell yourself as the ideal candidate by matching your experience with employer needs.
- In the final paragraph, request action on the part of the employer or explain what actions you will be taking to progress in the job search process.
Use good writing techniques
Characteristics of good writing for cover letters include:
- Using bullet points or bold text to highlight your qualifications
- Using concise and clear language; keep it to one page and focus on what you have to offer an employer
- Using correct grammar; have at least two strong writers edit and proofread your cover letter, and do not rely solely on a spell checker
- Using active verbs in the present tense to illustrate your skills; for example, I consistently exceed customer expectations by offering personal attention and product expertise.
- Varying your word choice; for example, if your specialty is product line management , try to find another phrase for the same function, such as family branding
Format your cover letter to be easy to read
This should be done only after you are completely satisfied with the content of your rough draft.
- Use default margins (1.25” for the right and left margins, 1” for the bottom margin).
- Single-space paragraphs.
- Double-space after the date, each address, the greeting, and each paragraph.
- Leave enough space for your signature.
- Use bold for emphasis and quick reading. Hiring managers will be skimming the letter, so anything you can do to make your qualifications stand out will help focus their attention on you.
- Use a default font that is easy to read, such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Tahoma.
Note: Our Microsoft Office tutorials cover formatting in more depth.
Consider using resume paper
If you want to make your application look extra nice, you can print your cover letter and resume on resume paper. Resume paper is sometimes also known as business or specialty paper, and it is thicker and rougher than regular printer paper. However, it's also more expensive, so you may not want to use it for every job application.
Mistakes to avoid
There are several things job seekers can do in their cover letters that can actually hurt their chances of getting an interview. You will want to avoid these mistakes.
- Don’t write “To Whom It May Concern” or "Dear Sir or Madam". If you don't know the person's name, use something generic and gender neutral, like Candidate Selection Team or Dear Hiring Manager.
- Don’t use slang , like I crushed the highest sales in my region three years running .
- Don’t use correction fluid or make corrections after a letter is printed. Reprint your letter if necessary.
- Don’t write a letter that's longer than one page .
- Don’t provide false information about yourself or your qualifications.
- Don't include erroneous information about a company.
- Don’t include personal information (avoid references to religion, family, etc.).
- Don’t write poorly (avoid using cliches, exaggeration, and typographical or grammatical errors).
- Don’t use form letters and mass mailings . Each letter should be tailored to a specific job.
- Don’t include photos unless it's specifically requested.
- Don’t confess weakness or apologize for lacking a qualification.
- Don’t use an improper tone (angry, demanding, desperate, confessional, or too enthusiastic).
- Don’t include salary information unless it's requested .
Open the Microsoft Word Cover Letter Template and Save it to your computer with a name that makes sense to you.
Enter your own information into the document as you progress through this activity by replacing the text inside the [brackets] . Remove the brackets as well.
The top of your cover letter
Refer to the picture below as you make changes to the top portion of your cover letter.
- Replace [ Month] [Day], [Year] with the current date.
- Replace [Your First and Last Name] with your own name.
- Replace [Your Street Address] and [City], [ST] [Zip Code] with the address where you live and receive mail.
If you do not have a contact name, you can omit this section or include a line that indicates what the letter is in response to, such as RE: Office Manager postion (Craigslist posting CR-01004-OM) . This can help the person handling the mail pass your cover letter and resume on to the correct person within the company.
- Replace [Endearment] [Social Title] [Hiring Manager Last Name], with an appropriate greeting, such as Dear Mr. Grantham or Ms. Keaton . Use social titles (e.g., Mr. or Ms.) ONLY when you know for certain an individual's gender. If you do not have a contact name, you can use something generic and non-gender specific such as Dear Staff Selection Team or Dear Hiring Manager . However, resume experts recommend trying to find the name of the person who will be hiring for the position.
The body of the cover letter
Refer to the picture below as you make changes to the body of your cover letter.
- Write your first body paragraph , replacing the text within the brackets with your own text. Include your name and the position (job name and number) in which you are interested. Explain how you came to know about the position. Make a personal or business connection to the company, if you can, or show what you know about the company.
- Write your second body paragraph , replacing the text within the brackets with your own text. Point out your accomplishments and qualifications that make you the best choice for the job. Focus on what benefits you will bring to the position or company. Think of it as what you can do for them . You may want to use bold text or a bulleted list to emphasize your strong points.
- Write your third body paragraph , replacing the text within the brackets with your own text. Tell them what you would like to have happen next. For example, I look forward to discussing how my expertise in customer service can benefit ABC Company. If I do not hear from you by March 3, I will be contacting you to ensure you have received and reviewed my resume. Don't forget to include a way for someone to contact you. For example, You can reach me at the phone number below after 4 p.m. daily if you have any questions or would like to further discuss my qualifications. Remember to thank the hiring manage for his or her time and consideration!
The bottom of the cover letter
Refer to the picture below as you make changes to the bottom portion of your cover letter.
- Replace [Close], with a polite and professional closing, such as Regards,.
- Hit enter several times to leave enough space for your signature, then delete [Your Signature] . When you have printed the final copy of your cover letter, be sure to sign your name neatly in this area.
- Replace [Your Name (typed)] with your full first and last name. Then, replace [A way to contact you] with either a telephone number or an email address, whichever you prefer as a means of communication.
- On the enclosure line, enter your own name (or the file name if you are submitting your resume electronically) in place of [Your Name] .
Don't forget to have several people review your cover letter before you send it out!
Need More Help? Go to our Microsoft Office tutorials to learn how to format a document in more depth.
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English Teacher Cover Letter Examples
Use these English Teacher cover letter examples to help you write a powerful cover letter that will separate you from the competition.
English teachers help students improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills. They also help students develop a love for literature and learn to think critically.
In order to be a successful English teacher, you need to be patient, articulate, and have a deep knowledge of the English language. Use these examples to write a cover letter that will show hiring managers that you’re the perfect candidate for the job.
Formal/Professional Writing Style Example
With a strong passion for education and over five years of experience teaching English to a diverse range of students, I am confident in my ability to contribute significantly to your institution’s success while also fostering a positive learning environment for your students.
Throughout my teaching career, I have developed and implemented engaging lesson plans designed to meet the unique needs of each age group and proficiency level. In my most recent position as an English Teacher at XYZ International School, I have successfully managed a classroom of 30+ students, utilizing differentiated instructional strategies to meet the needs of students with varying abilities.
My experience extends beyond the classroom, as I have also led various extracurricular activities such as drama club and student newspaper, and have frequently collaborated with fellow educators and administrators on curriculum development and staff training initiatives.
In addition to my teaching career, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Education, both of which have served to deepen my pedagogical expertise and provide me with a well-rounded foundation in teaching methodologies.
My exceptional written and oral communication skills, coupled with my dedication to maintaining high educational standards, make me an ideal candidate for this position. I am eager to contribute my passion for teaching and commitment to student success, and I am confident that my skills and experience make me an excellent fit for your institution.
Please find my resume enclosed, detailing my qualifications and experience. Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to discussing my potential contributions to your organization during a personal interview.
[Your Full Name]
Entry-Level Writing Style Example
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of XYZ and a passion for fostering a love of literature and strong communication skills in students. My enthusiasm for teaching and my dedication to helping each student reach their full potential make me an ideal candidate for this position.
During my time at university, I excelled in my coursework, with a special focus on literature, rhetoric, and composition. Furthermore, I volunteered at a local non-profit, where I taught English to underprivileged students as a means of enhancing their academic and job prospects. This experience allowed me to develop strong classroom management skills and exposed me to various teaching strategies that I can seamlessly adapt to different learning styles.
I believe I can bring a fresh and innovative standpoint to your English department, engaging students through the most current texts and interactive media. My goal is not only to improve students’ reading comprehension and writing abilities, but also to instill in them a genuine appreciation for the powerful influence of language.
I am confident that my passion for teaching, combined with my dedication to cultivating an inclusive and stimulating learning environment, would make me a valuable addition to your school. Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to further discuss my qualifications in an interview.
Networking/Referral Writing Style Example
I was referred to this opportunity by my colleague and friend, Jane Smith, who currently works as a teacher at your school. Jane and I had the pleasure of working together for three years at ABC High School where we collaborated on multiple projects and developed a strong professional relationship. She spoke highly of the supportive work environment and dedicated faculty at your institution and assured me that my teaching style and passion for student learning would make me a strong fit for your school.
As an experienced English teacher for over seven years, I have taught a diverse range of students both in the United States and abroad, at various grade levels. I possess a Master’s degree in English Literature and a teaching certificate in Secondary Education. My teaching approach is engaging, innovative, and student-centered, focusing on the development of critical thinking and strong communication skills.
What sets me apart from other candidates is my experience in incorporating technology and online platforms to enhance remote and in-person learning experiences. I have developed effective strategies to create an inclusive and interactive classroom environment that fosters a strong sense of community among students. Moreover, I have a proven track record of successfully preparing students for standardized testing, with consistent improvements in their scores.
I am confident that my passion for English literature and dedication to student growth, combined with the positive feedback from Jane, makes me an excellent candidate for this position.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss my candidacy further and potentially contribute to your school’s success.
Enthusiastic/Passionate Writing Style Example
As an avid lover of literature and language, inspiring young minds to embrace the beauty of the English language has always been a dream of mine. Upon researching your institution and its deep commitment to fostering creativity and critical thinking in students, I knew that this is exactly the place where I would love to share my passion and contribute to the growth of your students.
With a Bachelor’s degree in English and Master’s degree in Education, coupled with over four years of diverse teaching experience, my pedagogical approach has been honed to create a dynamic, engaging, and interactive learning environment. I have witnessed firsthand how empowering students to explore their own creativity and linguistic abilities can ignite their appreciation for English and subsequently, drive their academic success.
I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to bring my passion for teaching and English to your students in the form of thought-provoking lessons and creative projects. Alongside being well-versed in various literary genres and forms, I also have extensive experience in incorporating modern technology and various multimedia platforms into lesson plans to further enrich students’ learning experiences.
Your institution’s commitment to nurturing students and preparing them for successful future endeavors truly resonates with my own teaching philosophy. I am confident that my passion, energy, and dedication will make a positive and lasting impact on your students and the overall excellence of your school.
Thank you for considering my application. I am incredibly excited about the possibility of becoming a part of your team and eagerly await the opportunity to discuss my fit for this role in greater detail.
Problem-Solving Writing Style Example
I recently came across a posting on your website, which mentioned the challenges faced in engaging students and maintaining high standards of education in today’s rapidly changing environment. As a passionate and result-oriented English teacher with a track record of fostering student growth, I believe that my skills and experiences make me an ideal candidate to tackle these challenges and contribute to your team effectively.
One of the critical challenges currently faced by educational institutions is the limited engagement of students in classrooms. In my experience, tailoring lessons to meet individual learning styles and utilizing innovative methods are crucial for fostering engagement. As an English teacher, I have successfully employed strategies such as project-based learning, multimedia resources, and interactive discussions to create a dynamic and engaging classroom environment. By incorporating these techniques at your school, I am confident we can enhance your students’ learning experience and drive academic success.
Furthermore, maintaining high standards of education within a diverse learning environment requires a deep understanding of each student’s needs. With my experience in working with students from various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, I have gained the ability to cater to individual learning needs effectively. Additionally, my strong communication skills allow me to establish rapport and build relationships with parents, students, and colleagues, which ultimately contributes to a positive and collaborative educational environment.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a TESOL certification, which provide me with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to excel in this role. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss in detail how my skills and experiences can contribute to the continued success and growth of your organization.
Thank you for considering my application.
Storytelling/Narrative Writing Style Example
As I strolled through the vibrant, sunlit halls of my alma mater, memories of my time as a student came flooding back. I recalled the profound impact my high school English teacher had on me, igniting a passion for literature and writing that set me on my current path. It was in that moment I knew I wanted to pay it forward, to inspire the next generation of students to find their own love for the English language. Today, as an experienced and enthusiastic educator, I am excited to apply for the English Teacher role at your esteemed organization.
Over the past five years, I have honed my teaching skills in various educational settings, from public schools to private tutoring sessions. My diverse experience has allowed me to develop a student-centered approach that encourages critical thinking, creativity, and effective communication skills. I believe in creating an inclusive learning environment where every student feels valued and inspired to reach their full potential.
One of my most rewarding experiences as an educator came when I helped a student who initially struggled with writing essays. Together, we worked tirelessly to improve her writing skills, exploring the intricacies of grammar and sentence structure while also fostering her unique voice. As her essays gradually transformed from disjointed paragraphs to compelling narratives, I saw her confidence soar. She went on to win a regional writing competition, and I couldn’t have been prouder.
I am eager to bring my passion for teaching and dedication to nurturing young minds to your school. I am confident that my experience, adaptability, and commitment to fostering a love for the English language will make me an excellent addition to your team. Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how I can contribute to your students’ success.
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Building the ‘One Piece’ Live-Action TV Series: How Netflix Earned Eiichiro Oda’s Blessing to Turn a Manga Treasure Into Streaming Gold
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The breakout popularity of “Stranger Things” and “Wednesday” was a boon for Netflix execs, but also a lesson — both forced a scramble to line up marketing and licensing deals after launch. If the streamer’s upcoming fantasy-adventure series “ One Piece ” similarly turns into a phenom — as the early hype indicates — this time they’ll be ready.
“I think we were all stunned, truly stunned,” Netflix head of U.S. and Canada scripted series Peter Friedlander told Variety . “We knew that there was a big fan base, but to watch those actors step out onstage, you could barely hear anything. They could barely get words out, and it was really an emotional experience just watching the actors.”
Based on Eiichiro Oda’s long-running manga and anime of the same name, “One Piece” has a built-in fan base eager to see mystically stretchy, aspiring pirate king Monkey D. Luffy (newcomer Godoy) and the Straw Hat Pirates — Nami (Emily Rudd), Sanji (Taz Skylar), Zoro (Mackenyu) and Usopp (Jacob Romero) — set sail on their ship, the Going Merry, this week on Netflix. The crew is in search of the world’s greatest treasure, the elusive “one piece,” with the marines on their heels each wave of the way.
“It’s heartening to see the early reaction just to what we’ve shown,” Friedlander said. “With the teaser and trailer we’ve put out , we were trying to show the fans we’re loving on this IP, we are loving on this show and we hope you see that. I feel very hopeful and confident going into this.”
This kind of prep is unprecedented for a first-season show — and it signals Netflix’s faith in “One Piece’s” future. That’s in spite of its last attempt at adapting popular Japanese IP into a live-action series, the John Cho-led “Cowboy Bebop.” Years in the making, the sci-fi space Western was a flop, and was canceled less than a month after its November 2021 release.
“What we learned is the fans are expecting you to be true to the source material,” says executive producer Marty Adelstein, whose Tomorrow Studios produced “Cowboy Bebop” for Netflix before embarking on “One Piece.” “As we read the comments, it was always, ‘Well, they didn’t do this character the same as this and that.’ … It really taught us a lot of what we needed to do with this one.”
The backlash to “Cowboy Bebop” also served as a warning that an adaptation of the equally beloved “One Piece” would face just as many potential critics. But with Oda and “One Piece” manga publisher Shueisha producing the project, Tomorrow Studios and Netflix had the best team possible to keep the series true to its source material.
“It became everyone’s goal to make sure that when you looked at the show, you thought this was a live-action version of the manga that just felt like another feather in the legacy of Oda,” says Becky Clements, the president of Tomorrow Studios, which landed the rights to develop “One Piece” into a live-action series in partnership with Oda and publisher Shueisha in 2017. “That people just get to see it in another genre, but still have the same reaction and feelings toward the narrative.”
Netflix picked up the series in January 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world. It soon developed a “nakama” — a bonded team, as Luffy and his Straw Hats are described in “One Piece” — of U.S., Japanese and Korean Netflix executives devoted to the adaptation, according to Friedlander.
“We hadn’t done something like that before,” Friedlander says. “The logistics of that — late-night calls, early morning calls, emails — it just changes the recipe of how you would help support a show, and I think that really was a special element, a little bit of the secret sauce, because we wanted to have different perspectives on the fandom.”
“One Piece” co-showrunner Steven Maeda, who developed the series alongside Matt Owens, says the show, which was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, and is Netflix’s largest-ever production in Africa, had “a healthy, healthy, healthy budget” and the stamp of approval from Oda throughout the entire process.
Oda’s note to Netflix:
We need to consider the worst-case scenario.
I can’t say something is good when it isn’t.
This is very good, but we can do even better.
The fans trust me. So I can’t lie to them.
We actually found our real-life Luffy. I’m shocked.
I’m touched by the love of ONE PIECE sprinkled through out every frame.
From Eiichiro Oda
Netflix’s response to Oda:
To Eiichiro Oda:
A 1:1 re-enactment is impossible.
Live-action adaptation isn’t about replication. It’s expression.
We’re not at all satisfied yet, either.
We want to rewrite the history of live-action adaptations.
We have two goals. To not betray the fans. And to have the show be loved by those who don’t yet know ONE PIECE.
“Let’s make something great.”
With the utmost respect for Oda and his work top of mind for Owens and Maeda, Maeda says it was “tremendously challenging to make any kind of changes to such a beloved property.” But some changes still needed to be made.
“When Oda-san was writing the manga, there was no sense of an eight-episode television season — he writes in his own timetable, and his own structure for how he sees the storyline of the characters,” Maeda says. “That said, he did give me a very lovely section of the first 100 chapters of the ‘One Piece’ manga — and I won’t give any spoilers yet, but [the live-action ‘One Piece’] tries to craft the 100 chapters into eight episodes of television that have to have their own rise and fall and story arc.”
With early hype strong but post-launch viewership unavailable until the Netflix Top 10 comes out next Tuesday, Friedlander “truly” hopes “One Piece” is a “successful show that can continue, because I do believe that Oda-san has crafted an ongoing run of stories and adventures and characters that I would love to see realized through ‘One Piece’ live-action.” And though Friedlander can’t make any premature promises about “One Piece” Season 2–and knows Netflix viewers have concerns about early-on cancellations, including “Cowboy Bebop” — he points to the streamer’s recent track record for renewing genre shows that meet fans’ expectations.
As for Owens and Maeda’s plans for a Season 2, Maeda says they are “definitely taking it one step at a time,” simply because of the decades of “One Piece” material Oda-san has given them to work with that lead to “so many possibilities and endless permutations.”
Right now, the focus is just on launching that “One Piece” Season 1 ship out into the East Blue Sea.
“Along with Oda-san’s oversight and cooperation and partnership, I think that we came up with the very best version of this show that we can,” Maeda says. “I can’t complain that money wasn’t spent, I can’t complain that our hands were tied — we were able to make the show we wanted to make.”
This story has been expanded from the version printed in the Aug. 23 issue of Variety . The quotes from co-showrunner Steven Maeda were obtained during an interview organized by contacting Maeda’s publicist, not through Netflix, in accordance with WGA strike rules.
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