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Your resume is only a brief snapshot of everything you’ve accomplished.

To show an employer or administrator you’re the right person for a specific position, include a cover letter.

A cover letter helps you introduce yourself to a potential employer and outlines why you’re applying for the job.

It tells the employer exactly why you are a good fit for the position, and it’s your chance to go into more detail about a particular experience that is relevant to the role.

In this extension, you’ll create a cover letter using a Google Docs template.

Use the job posting linked on screen, or use your own example.

To start, open Google Docs.

Navigate to the template gallery.

Scroll down to find the “Letters” section.

A cover letter is written in a formal style called a business letter.

Any business letter-style template will work for your cover letter.

This example uses Spearmint.

Give your document a descriptive name that will make it easier for the reader to identify you and the document’s purpose.

Type your contact information at the top of the document, following the order of the template.

Then, add today’s date.

The next section is for the hiring manager’s contact information.

Address your letter following the job posting instructions.

If a contact or hiring manager is not mentioned, search the internet to find the correct name.

Type the name of contact, company, and their address.

If you can’t find the name of the person in charge of hiring, address your letter to Hiring Manager.

Follow the addresses with a formal greeting.

Next, write the body of the letter.

Explain why you’re a good fit for this job.

Include: The position you’re applying for, Why you’re interested in the role, How your skills and experience fit the position outlined in the job description or expectations for the role, And how you will follow up For the body of your letter, use “block style” formatting, which means you leave a space between paragraphs rather than indenting at the beginning of each paragraph.

Write two or three short paragraphs.

Keep the tone of your message professional, but also interesting and engaging.

In the first paragraph, mention the job you’re applying for and how you found the posting.

Next, consider which skills to include.

Match your cover letter to the job description and the specific role you’re applying for.

Then, explain how those skills will help you perform the job.

Finally, thank the hiring manager for considering you for the job, and explain your hopes for the next steps.

To finish, use the formal closing “Sincerely.”

Then leave a blank space, followed by your typed full name.

Or, if you’re submitting a printed copy, leave three blank lines between the closing and your name, so there is room for your written signature.

After you complete your cover letter, ask someone to proofread it.

Hiring managers may not consider you for a position if your cover letter contains any mistakes.

When you are finished, save your resume as a P-D-F file.

This is a standard file type that can be opened on any type of computer software.

If you’re contacting a hiring manager or administrator directly by email, attach the document to your message.

Or, repurpose your cover letter by copying and pasting it into the body of the email.

Now, it’s your turn: Research the employer and hiring manager for a job posting.

Determine which of your skills to highlight.

Write your letter.

Proofread your letter.

And save as a PDF.

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