okay so when trying to get jobs, I've only ever had to turn in applications... never a resume or cover letter. i know how to write a resume but no examples for a cover letter are helping me, i dont have real experience, I've only worked for my aunt so i dont have all these qualifications. (i told this to the manager and she said its okay, just write why i should be hired, but i still dont know exactly what to write besides that.)
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What's important to know is that you don't want to reiterate your résumé. Let the résumé give lots of details, but use the cover letter to express interest and make the case for yourself. Your résumé doesn't convey personality, but your cover letter is a chance for you to do that.
Basically, you want to write 3 paragraphs in your cover letter / email:
1. Greetings and Expression of Interest
A. Greet the person and introduce yourself.
B. Mention how you discovered the position you are applying for.
C. State that you are interested and why you are interested.
D. (Optional) State that you are about to explain (in the next paragraph), why you should be chosen.
2. Make the Case for Yourself
The objective in this paragraph is to echo what they are looking for and to show how you can satisfy those needs. How to do this can vary widely based on your background and their needs. Also, if you lack experience, show enthusiasm and willingness to learn or be flexible. What is important is that they want to "buy" a worker and you want to "sell" yourself as that worker they should "buy".
3. Invite Further Contact
A. Reiterate that you are a good fit, but also mention that more details of your background are on your enclosed / attached résumé which should make the case for you.
B. Invite the reader to contact you if they have any questions or would like further contact. If there are specific hours or days that you should be contacted or cannot be contacted, mention that.
C. State that you look forward to hearing from the reader (or the reader's company).
[Even though it should be on your résumé, put your contact information immediately below your name.]
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