Step-by-Step Guide: How to Write a Great Cover Letter

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Of the many questions we ask Google each and every day, this one is among the most popular — and the most relatable:

How do you write a cover letter?

Well, we went to a pro to get the answer — LearnVest founder and CEO, Alexa von Tobel.

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"To make money, you have to get a job, and to get a job you have to have a great cover letter, says Alexa.

We couldn't agree more! And according to Alexa, here's the one word — acronym, really — you have to keep in mind: WORK.

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And you can see exactly what she means by following her tips in this template:

YOUR NAME
Your Street Address, City, State Zip Code
Your Phone Number | Email

Month Date, Year

Name of Hiring Manager
Company Name
Company Address
Company Address Continued

Dear [Mr., Mrs. or Ms. Name],

1st paragraph: Why (W) you? The "why" cannot be just "because you need a job." Tell them why you are the perfect candidate, how you will solve any of the company's pain-points and how much you admire the work that the company does.

2nd paragraph: Offer (O) examples, including either career details or your education, that will convince the hiring manager that you are the exact right person for this job. Be specific and highlight what you have done either in school or at work — but be careful not to be boastful or over inflate your roll! (After all, the hiring manager may discuss these details with the references you provide.)

3rd paragraph: Reiterate (R) that you’re the best candidate! Drive it home – you tell them you are confident your background directly supports the company’s needs and that you would like the opportunity to discuss your qualifications in person and learn more about the position.

(And finally, know (K) your grammar! Proofread your cover letter — and then proofread it again!)

Sincerely,

[Your Signature]

Your Name

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And of course, last but not least, make sure to include your résumé! The cover letter is an appetizer, but your résumé should be the main event — the thing that really expands on your experience, and secures you your dream job.

Happy (job) hunting, friends!

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