We’ve touched on your CV and your lecturers have been begging you to submit your portfolio but now you need to write a cover letter. What’s in a cover letter, you may ask?
Your cover letter tells the story of where you’ve been, where you are now and where you intend to be – career-wise. If you can help it, make sure your cover letter is directed at a specific person within the company. In fact, if you are applying for a particular role, make it your life’s mission to find out who will be reading that cover letter.
For the purposes of this exercise, however, you may just have to compile a generic letter that’s not longer than a page. The content should read as follows:
- This is me
- This is what I’ve done
- This is where I excel (i.e. this is what I can offer a company)
- This is what I’d like to get out of an internship
Keep it short (roughly 3/4 of a page).
Fun fact – hiring managers read cover letters first and often allow that to be a deciding factor on whether you get an interview, so make it good.
Onwards & Upwards!