Tips for Writing a Cover Letter (for High School Students)

Hey high school students! Are you looking for a job this summer? Writing a resume won’t necessarily get you off the hook. These days you need to include a cover letter to submit with each resume. So where do you start? Follow these guidelines and you should be able to craft a convincing cover letter to help you land the job you’re looking for.

  • Think about your cover letter as a means to secure an interview
  • Let your personality shine in your cover letter (avoid stale, boring letters and instead try to show who you are)
  • Try to address your letter to a specific person instead of “To whom it may concern”. If you can, call up the company and ask who you should address the letter to
  • In the introductory sentences of your letter, refer to the job that you’re applying for and mention where you saw it advertised – if someone from the company told you about it, be sure to mention that person’s name as well
  • Keep it to one page (and ideally no longer than three paragraphs)
  • The cover letter should be formatted with your address at the top, then the date, then the address of the office. Look at other examples of cover letters for similar jobs. Use a template if necessary
  • Make sure that the contact information that you provide is correct and up to date
  • Use the body of your cover letter to explain why you’re applying for the job and what skills and experiences you have to offer
  • A cover letter should highlight the most relevant information from your resume. Be specific about your qualifications, skills and experiences as they relate to the position
  • At the end of the letter, clearly state what you want (i.e. job interview) and remember to say thanks
  • Your cover letter should have an appropriate layout with adequate white space
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