A cover letter is an essential part of the job search process. Many employers require applicants to submit a cover letter--along with a resume--when applying for jobs. Even if you have no work experience, you should still submit a cover letter to the potential employer. A cover letter is an effective way for you to introduce yourself to an employer and to provide additional details about your qualifications and credentials. Although you may not have any work experience, you may still be a good candidate for that particular job based on other qualities or attributes you possess. So, it is important that you take the time to create a well written and informative cover letter.
Review the job posting. Before you begin writing your cover letter, you should take time to read through the job description to ensure that you understand the required qualifications and job duties. Because you have no work experience, you need to confirm that your other qualities are strong and sufficient enough for this position. Employers not only focus on an applicant’s work experience but they also tend to look at a person’s abilities, character and potential to learn.
Create the first paragraph of the cover letter. You should begin by introducing yourself and letting the employer know why you are writing the letter. Be sure to mention the specific job title you are applying for and how you learned about this position. Also, briefly state why you feel you are a good candidate for this job.
Develop the body of the cover letter. Even though you have no work experience, you may still have plenty of valuable information to include in this section. For example, you may choose to discuss your education credentials, skills, achievements, awards, volunteer work, extra-curricular activities, hobbies and general interests. Because you lack work experience, it is definitely acceptable to highlight certain skills you may use in your personal life on a regular basis, such as managing your family's budget, using the computer and Internet, organizing events at your church or within the community, participating in fundraising activities or volunteering at a local shelter. Be sure to only include information that is relevant to the job you are applying for.
Prepare the final paragraph. The last paragraph of your cover letter should be brief and to the point. Tell the employer that he can refer to your resume for additional information about your qualifications. Be sure to invite the employer to contact you for an interview and thank him for his time and consideration.
Proofread your cover letter. After you finish writing your letter, take time to read through it a couple of times to make sure you did not omit any important details. You should also use the spell check feature on your computer to find misspelled words or grammar mistakes.
Make sure you write your address and the date at the top of the page (left-hand side) and include the employer's contact information below it.
Use an appropriate font when typing your cover letter, such as size 12 points, Times New Roman font.
Try to limit your cover letter to one page.
Don't forget to sign the letter
Be sure to save your cover letter to your computer and disc/.
Avoid using bold letters, caps or bullets in your cover letter.