Writing a cover letter is something most job seekers don’t look forward to. Every cover letter you write needs to be tailored to the job you’re applying to – this can become a challenge when you’re applying to dozens of jobs a day. One solution is to write a short cover letter that gets straight to the point.
Many hiring managers still do read cover letters so unless otherwise stated, you should be sending a cover letter to each position you apply to. We’ll show you how to write a short cover letter along with a good example.
How to Write a Short Cover Letter
Step # 1
The first step to writing a short cover letter is to know exactly what you need to include. A common mistake job seekers make is writing a cover letter that is too long and unorganized. The perfect cover letter length is anywhere from 2- 4 paragraphs long.
Remember that a cover letter should quickly tells the employer:
- The position you’re applying for
- How you’re qualified
- Major Relevant Accomplishments
- Why you’d make a perfect fit for the position
- A call to action (Inviting you for an interview)
The details of your work experience should be on your resume – the cover letter should entice the hiring manager to look into your resume in detail.
The next step is to take a look at the job posting and see what relevant information you can include on your cover letter.
For example: If they emphasize that they’re looking for someone with an MBA – make sure that’s on your cover letter.
You should also list out any major relevant accomplishments as this will capture the attention of the hiring manager and show that you’re a good fit for the position.
If you’re applying for a sales job and have had a major sales related achievement, be sure to include it.
For example: “In my most recent position as head of sales, I was able to surpass my goal by 250%…”
Step # 3
This is where you put it all together.
Here is a sample of a short cover:
Short Cover Letter Example
As you can see – the cover letter is to the point, tailored and includes information that is relevant to the position. The candidate could easily tailor the bullet points in the cover letter to each position. They can also easily swap out the title and company name.
Your cover letter shouldn’t be longer than 2/3 of a page. Writing a short cover letter that’s tailored to the position is a lot more effective than writing a long cover letter that no hiring manager will read.
You should also write your cover letter in a way where you can easily tailor it to different positions instead of writing a whole new one every time. The example above is how your cover letter should be structured so you can easily tailor it.
- Introductory paragraph
- A few bullet points (Achievement Focused)
- Closing Paragraph
Good luck with your job search!