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How to write a cover letter that can help you land your dream job.

Explore tips on how you can write a cover letter that helps your job application stand out with a recruiter or hiring manager.     

What do I write in a cover letter?

A professional cover letter is your first chance to impress a potential employer — so be sure to make it count.

 
  • Stick to a four-paragraph structure outlining why you’re the right person for the job.
  • Address your letter to the hiring manager by name and write in a style that suits the company’s culture.
  • Reference your previous job experience and how it applies to the position you’re seeking.

 

An effective cover letter is a job seeker’s best friend.

Even if your job search has only just begun, you’ve probably already been asked to submit a cover letter when responding to a job posting. And let’s be honest: this request can feel daunting. But like it or not, most potential employers expect you to include a cover letter outlining your skill set and how it applies to the job requirements.

 

Fortunately, these cover letter tips can make it a lot easier to write a good cover letter that will serve you well for many applications to come.      

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What are the 4 parts of a cover letter?

Before you start your letter, take a moment to address it to the person in charge of the application process. If you can’t find the hiring manager’s name on the job listing, you can open your letter with “Dear hiring manager” or “To whom it may concern…” 

Your cover letter shouldn’t be more than a page long — ideally four paragraphs. Each paragraph has its own purpose.

Opening paragraph

How do you start a cover letter? It all begins with the first paragraph — your first impression’s first impression. After introducing yourself and the position you’re applying for, spend a sentence or two talking about why this position interests you and aligns with your greater career goals.

First body paragraph

This is your space to brag. Talk about your previous work experience, any career changes, and what you’ve learned along the way.

Second body paragraph

Now it’s all about sales. In this case, selling yourself. Explain how, as a result of the things you talked about in the previous paragraph, you are uniquely equipped to suit your prospective employer’s needs and contribute to the company culture.

Closing paragraph

In your final paragraph, thank the reader for taking the time to consider your application, invite the reader to contact you to ask any further questions or schedule an interview, and sign your name.       

Tips for creating your best cover letter.

If you’re struggling with the content of your letter, seek out some cover letter examples and templates online to get a sense of what it should look like and what details to include. If you find one you particularly like, you can even use a PDF editor to update it and make it your own. It may also help to do some research on the company where you’re applying to get a sense of their culture — you’ll want to use a more casual tone in your letter when applying at a hip tech startup and a more professional one for a distinguished law firm.

 

When applying through LinkedIn or the company website, be sure to read the job description carefully to identify all of the necessary qualifications for the position and required materials to include with your application. One of the best ways to make your cover letter stand out is to demonstrate to the hiring manager that you’re good at catching details and following directions by referencing these things in your letter.

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Adobe Acrobat has cover letters covered.

With Acrobat, you don’t need to craft a new cover letter for each job application. Instead, you can create a cover letter template with evergreen information about you and your job experience, and then save it to Adobe Document Cloud. When you’re filling out your next application, you can use this template as a base that you can easily modify, update, or even completely rewrite to suit the position you’re applying for.

 

Acrobat also comes equipped with tools to spell-check your letter for any typos, so you can rest assured that you’re putting your best foot forward. And when you’re finally ready to submit your cover letter, you can share it directly from the app as a PDF, which ensures that whatever formatting, special fonts, or logos you used in your letter will look the same for the recipient as they do for you. Whether the job opportunity you’re after is an entry-level position or a top-level management role, a high-quality cover letter can help make your application stand out from the crowd.

 

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