By Alison Doyle

What is the Body of a Cover Letter?
The body of your cover letter is the section of the letter that tells the hiring manager what position you are applying for and why the employer should select you for an interview. You’re selling your candidacy to the reader, so it’s important to be specific about your qualifications as they relate to the position.

The body of a cover letter includes the paragraphs where you explain why you are interested in and qualified for the job for which you are applying. These persuasive paragraphs are intended to convince the person reading the letter that you are a good fit for the position.

A successful cover letter will win you an interview, so it’s important to write a compelling cover letter that shows the hiring manager that you’re a strong candidate for the job. The hiring manager will spend seconds reviewing your letter or email message which means you don’t have much time to connect with the employer and make a positive impact.

What to Include in Each Paragraph

First Paragraph:
The first paragraph of your letter should include information on why you are writing. Mention the position you are applying for and where you saw the listing. Include the name of a contact, if you have one.

Middle Paragraphs:
The next section of your cover letter should describe what you have to offer the employer.

Make strong connections between your qualifications and the position requirements. Mention specifically how your skills and experience match the job you are applying for.

Use several shorter paragraphs or a bulleted list of your qualifications rather than one large block of text. This will make it easy for the reader to quickly scan and absorb this important information.

Final Paragraph:
Conclude your cover letter by thanking the employer for considering you for the position. Include information on how you will follow-up, if you have the contact information for the hiring manager to do so.

What Else to Include in Your Letter

The rest of letter is important, too. You will need to include your contact information, which is listed at the top of letter in a written letter or below your signature in an email cover letter.

Your letter also needs to include a professional greeting, a professional closing, and your signature. You will sign your name on a printed cover letter. For a cover letter that is upload or emailed, your signature will be your typed name.

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