The process for applying to jobs has changed rapidly since the advent of applicant tracking systems (ATS) and artificial intelligence (AI). It's important to use the language from the job posting in your application documents and should be applied to both your resume/CV and your cover letter.
We've found that since times are changing, the cover letter isn't required as often as it used to be. However, in many companies and professions, they are still expected as part of the application package.
Just like the resume/CV, your cover letter needs to be specifically tailored to the position for which you are applying. The following lists some key aspects of a cover letter that should always be included:
When we start to write our cover letters, we think about what free tools are available on the internet to visualize key words and phrases. We recommend starting by creating a "word cloud" by copy and pasting the language from a job posting into a word cloud generator. That helps visualize key words and phrases to include in your writing!
We'd like to provide you with an example of a job posting and a corresponding cover letter. You can find the job posting here. Please read through this before reading this example of a cover letter in response to that posting. Notice all the different components listed above? Pay particular attention to the structure, language, and content of the letter. See how it includes specific examples?