10 Must-Haves for Your Cover Letter

As part of the sheCareer job application series, we are providing you with all the relevant information to successfully create your job application. The cover letter is an integral part of any job application and often the first thing a recruiter sees. So here are 10 Must-Haves for your cover letter that will make you stand out positively. 

10 Must-haves for Your Cover Letter

  1. Subject line with the exact job title you are applying for
  2. Appropriate Salutation
  3.  Short but concise summary of work experience relevant to the job advertisement
  4. Main text including keywords relevant to the job advertisement
  5. Paragraphs separated by line spacing
  6. Text formatted in center justification to facilitate readability 
  7. Highlighting of the competencies and skills you could contribute to the company
  8. Your earliest entry date
  9. Appropriate Closing
  10.  Personal Signature
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Bonus tip: When writing your cover letter, the appropriate salutation is an absolute must. Depending on the type of job or company you’re applying for, this can be formal or less formal. If you’ve been in touch with a specific person, always address them directly in your cover letter! If you’re a complete newbie, follow the examples below: 

Formal: Dear Mrs./ Mr. [name of hiring manager or responsible HR contact 

Formal: To whom it may concern (if no contact is provided)

Informal: Hi Team [Company name] 

There you have it, 10 Must-Haves for your cover letter if you want to boost the success of your application! Do you have anything else to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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If you’re interested in more work-related content, check out this post on 22 things that should be on your resume. 

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