Cover letters are basically everyones’ worst enemy, including hiring managers (and mine), but they’re (unfortunately) still common practice. The reasoning behind them is usually for employers to get a grasp on your writing skills, to see some reasons you’re interested in the position, and as an effort-based gatekeeper—as in, it weeds out people who aren’t really interested in the position, because if they’re not, they won’t put in the effort to write a cover letter. Despite these terrible aspects, they’re still needed most of the time, so here’s an easy template to write a cover letter.
Month Day, Year
Dear Hiring Manager,
I’m writing to apply for [Position] at [Company]. My extensive experience in [industry] makes me an ideal candidate to complete the [main requirement of position]. I am [personality traits or skills that exemplify that you’re a good fit]. I believe I would make a valuable addition to your team.
With my experience as a [Position] at [Company], I will be able to [job requirement]. Because of [responsibility at previous position]. [Expand on how previous position applies to this job].
[Why you’re interested in this job]. [Why you’re interested in this company]. [How your experience/interests makes you a good fit at this company].
Please review my resume for any extra details about my work experience, or feel free to call me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for time.
Here’s Molly’s version of this cover letter, which she wrote for a job she applied to at Sephora last fall. We know it can feel sort of fake and is absolutely annoying to do. But once you get the hang of it, it’s just a matter of filling in the right words and putting in the effort!
Make sure to also check out our article on writing a resume (even if you have no experience). It includes info on what to include, where to get a format that doesn’t look like the most boring thing you’ve ever seen, some tips on how to make your bullet points impactful, and an example on what a resume might look like!