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In this video, you will use a letter template in Google Docs to start writing your cover letter.

To begin, go back to Drive and open a new document from one of the letter templates.

Using an existing template means that you’ll already have the layout and formatting for a cover letter, so you don’t have to start building it from scratch.

Next, rename the letter.

Type your name so it stands out.

Include a physical address if you’re comfortable sharing that information.

If not, just include your phone number and email address so the company can contact you.

Change the date.

Address your letter to the hiring manager if you were able to learn their name.

If not, type Dear Hiring Manager.

Now, write two or three sentences about why you’re excited about this job and why you want to work for the company. Mention the title of the job you’re applying for.

This is also a good time to bring up the company’s mission and why it matters to you.

Think of the main points in your cover letter as being your chance to make a case for yourself with a potential employer before you get to meet them in person.

Now, it’s your turn: Open a document using a letter template, Include contact information, Address the letter, And write the first paragraph.


  1. Open a document using a letter template.
  2. Include contact information.
  3. Address the letter.
  4. Write the first paragraph.