The Internship Scoring Cover Letter, And How To Write It
At some time in your academic career, you’ll want to consider the benefits of obtaining an internship. Internships are great ways to score real world work experience and impress future managers of for jobs you apply to after college. Much unlike the resumes you can tweak and update as you gain experience, cover letters require quite a bit of work. For one, they can give potential managers an impression of what your work at a company might be like. Secondly, they can emphasize your skills and experience in ways that might not have been thoroughly expressed in your resume.
To ace the ultimate internship, here’s a guide on how to create the perfect cover letter:
Figure Out The Name And Contact of Potential Managers
When you write up your cover letter, you’ll want to know the name of the person you’re addressing it to. Writing your letter to “Hiring Manager,” “Whom It May Concern,” or just the wrong person, in general, is an easy way to get your application tossed into the trash bin. As such, you’ll want to get the name of the person who heads the department you want to work in and their position. Put this information in your cover letter and make sure you get it right. Remember, your potential manager will want to make sure that you’re a competent an employee and nothing screams incapable like a misspelled name or the wrong position information. Sites like LinkedIn and Google+ can help you to confirm what you don't already know. If you’re uncertain about the timeliness of this information, consider calling up the company and asking the receptionist to help. Make sure that you also include your contact information as well. You’ll want to include your email, phone number, and address in case you're chosen for an interview.
Choose The Right Font
Of course, this one might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by the number of job applicants who get this one wrong. Be sure to pick a font and size that will read well on a computer, mobile device or printed piece of paper. Picking a font like Times New Roman will be your best bet. This is especially true given the ease serif font provides for the eye. This all might sound pretty low priority, but the right font will also help your employer to judge your decision choices. So don’t risk it with styles like Curlz MT or Tahoma.
It’s probably the smallest portion of your cover letter, but your salutation will be the ultimate first impression of your letter. Remember, first impressions are everything and with a looming trash can nearby, you’ll want to get it right. Always confirm that the employee you’re addressing is using a title such as “Mr./Ms./Mrs.” This is one portion you don’t want to get wrong and with so many ambiguous names out in there in the world today like Alex, Devon or even Matt, you’ll want to get this part right. It might feel awkward to call up the company and ask how to address someone, but the only thing more awkward is getting this part wrong. Search for the person whose name you’re writing to and confirm how to address them.
First Paragraph: Introduce Yourself and The Job You Want
Start things off with a basic introductory sentence such as “Please consider this letter and my attached resume for employment as a summer intern at Your Company.” Make sure that you are specific about how you got a person’s contact information or tips about the job. Make sure that you reference the job, where you found its posting and the date you found it. Give the reader as much information about the position you’re after as possible. Then share who you are. Quickly introduce yourself, information about your degree and what school you attend.
Say What You Like About The Company
Before you dive into more information about yourself, talk about the company and get specific. Note what it is that you admire about the company and how their work aligns with your career goals. Make it clear to the reader why their company is the one that you want to work for. Make sure you note why they are your ideal match. So for example, if your applying for a position at Dunkin’ Donuts you could say: “Dunkin’ Donuts has the fast-paced environment that meets my ability to best operate under pressure.”
Second Paragraph: Share Why You’re Great
Remember, the company already knows why they’re great, so tell them why you are. Share your best qualities and why they qualify you for the position over anyone else. Are you deadline-oriented and organized? Or, are you a natural leader with experience in creative thinking? Be communicative about the skills you can bring to the table. Instead of packing your letter with buzzwords, look at the position and use the words in the requirement portion of the job description. Then use those words in a way to discuss how your resume and experience relate to the position.
Third Paragraph: Wrap It Up
Tell your manager when you’re available for a face to face interview and how they can reach you. Always pull for an in-person meeting if possible or ask for a video call. You’ll make a much better connection with them this one way than if you talk over the phone.
Say ‘Good Bye’
Close with a salutation such as “best regards,” or “sincerely.” Then include your full name and signature. Keep it short and sweet. Before submitting it skim your letter for spelling mistakes and grammar errors.