How To Nail Your Cover Letter To Get Your Dream Job

How To Nail Your Cover Letter To Get Your Dream Job!

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My name is Natalie Nation. I am a grad student, future RD, educator, content creator, and mac and cheese expert. I love talking about college and health issues to help college students to become more successful, confident, and healthy.

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Today, I’m talking about COVER LETTERS!

Writing A Cover Letter

Whether you are on the hunt for your dream job or it’s a requirement in your coursework, cover letters are incredibly important.

They are one of your best tools to show your dream company that YOU are the best fit for the job you want.

But cover letters can be incredibly frustrating to write when you don’t know where to start.

Not only that, but sometimes computer algorithms might decide your cover letter isn’t worth reading, and your application won’t even see the light of day!

Knowing how to write an AWESOME cover letter is a critical skill for college students, and the more you do it, the better you get!

My 4 Biggest Tips For Writing A Cover Letter:

  1. Make the salutation (greeting) SPECIFIC. Do your research to find out who might be reading your cover letter. If you know who this person is, double check that you spell their name correctly. If you don’t know or can’t find the name of the person, address the letter “Dear Hiring Manager” or “Dear Hiring Team”. Avoid using “To whom it may concern”.
  2. PERSONALIZE your cover letter. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you apply for a job, but put in the work to be sure that your cover letter is UNIQUE to each company and job you apply for.
  3. Be DIRECT in stating who you are and what you can do. Now is NOT the time to be modest. If you are organized and driven, say it! If you have extensive experience working in tree frog capturing, tell the company in your cover letter that your experience in this area will make you an excellent candidate for their open job position of “tree frog capturing specialist”.
  4. RESEARCH company mission and values. Use THEIR words in your cover letter. Does the company’s mission involve “embodying environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability”? Say how much YOU prioritize these values and how your passion for this mission makes you an excellent candidate for the job..

MY Cover Letter Template

I created my own template for writing cover letters, and I follow this template every time I apply to a job!

Check it out!

Cover Letter Template

Obviously, every job field has nuances and specifics that hiring managers are looking for.

If you are a student or a recent graduate and are unsure how to tailor your letter to your specific field, make an appointment to talk to someone at your college’s career development or career resources office!

Watch This Episode of Feed That Nation, where I talk in detail about each section of the cover letter and give tips for kicking its butt!

Minnesota-based grad student, future RD, educator, content creator, and mac and cheese expert! Natalie is currently a Masters of Public Health student and dietetic intern at the University of Minnesota, and is on-track to becoming a registered dietitian-nutritionist. She earned her bachelor's degree in Dietetics in 2019 from St. Catherine University.

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