Writing a cover letter is one of those things that no one teaches you in school. but expects you to master when you step into the real world. Luckily, there are a ton of articles out there meant to help you draft one, including how to address the reader, how long it should be, et cetera, but as I’ve been learning how to masterfully write a cover letter, I learned that some of these are not nearly specific enough. This article is going to get real specific, because that’s how you learn. Once you already know how to generally write a cover letter, go through and make sure you’ve included these five things and you’re one step closer to the job of your dreams.
A direct mention of the job you are applying for
I wish I didn’t have to say this, but I do, so here it goes: you cannot send the same cover letter to every job you’re applying for. It’s disingenuous. They’ll see through you. They don’t have to be wildly different, but you should acknowledge, early on in your cover letter, the exact job you are applying for.