Writing a Good Cover Letter

The process of finding employment, especially in this economy, can be difficult. By graduating from ORT Los Angeles, you have already put yourself in a position far head of your peers. But there are other steps that can help you along the way to finding your dream job. One of these is putting together a cover letter that will make you stand out to potential employers and help you make an impact in the job hunting process. Although it can seem daunting at first, there are several tips that we have compiled to help you write a cover letter that shines.
By definition, a cover letter is a one page document that accompanies your resume, and is used not to duplicate the information on the resume, but to provide a bigger picture of you as a whole and what you have to offer. In other words, the cover letter adds the personal touch in a world where the first impression is critical.

First, make sure that your cover letter is specifically designed for each employer that you send it to. A lot of employers are looking for different skills and put emphasis on different qualities. Don’t simply conform yourself to what the employer is looking for, but if you have the skills they want, focus on them and make sure to explain how you acquired them. A cover letter is part of the “weeding out” process of many employers. If you don’t take the time to do your research for them specifically, they can tell.

Second, tell where you learned about the position and your reasons for interest in the organization. Similar to the above paragraph, employers want to see that you have done the research on their company and want to be a part of it. A standard, cookie cutter letter is easy to spot. Mention the history of the company or small things that you have in common. Anything can help you stick in their minds when their going back through the slush pile.
Last, make sure to strongly communicate your strengths and your motivation for wanting the position. “To make money” doesn’t cut it anymore. Employers want to see that you have an interest in the position and want to be with the company for the long term. Tell them why you think you’d make a great addition to the team and what you have to offer. Now isn’t the time to be humble! But of course, be courteous and professional as always.
With these tips, you should be well on your way to securing that job offer and beginning your career after ORT. Hopefully, it will be in the industry that you’ve always wanted with a company that appreciates your skills and contributions.

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.