Writing an effective cover letter – Teen Jobs
Cover Letters for the teen job seeker
If your applying for a teen job and you don’t have
a cover letter forget about your resume. We live in the
information age, time is money and there is guaranteed to
be many applicants that are more qualified and experienced
than you. Potential employers don’t have the time
or the desire to sift through needless amounts of information.
The first impression you give may be the last if you don’t
get the cover letter right. So what exactly is the deal
with a cover letter and why are they so important? Teen
jobs are not about your qualifications or experience. Chances
are you are not qualified or experienced but you do have
a few things going for you. The cover letter is your first
and could be your only chance to let potential employers
know what you do have going for you and what you can offer
The idea of a cover letter is to sell yourself, let your
potential employers know what your about, why you want to
work for them and what you can offer that the other 100
applicants can’t. This is an introduction to further
more detailed information in your resume. It will give your
employer an instant impression whether that impression is
good or bad is entirely up to you.
The first impression: Teen Jobs
· Keep it Simple – This needs to be a concise,
informative piece of writing, do not ramble. Be clear and
keep it brief no more than a page, remember time is money
for your potentials. Give them only relevant information.
· Make it Personal – As you will have discovered
if you are researching cover letters there are numerous
standardized template options. These may be helpful to others
but for the teen job seeker it is important to address your
employers personally. Let them know that you understand
the job you are applying for and that you have researched
the company. Show them that you mean business by highlighting
that you have taken the time to make each application personal
to the job your applying for.
· Sell yourself – This is a prime opportunity
to distinguish your self from the other applicants. Your
cover letter should include a few brief succinct sentences
or bullet points on why your skills would meet the needs
of the job you are applying for. Also what specific skills
you do have that are a match with the job description.
Teen job seekers should take every opportunity to show their
qualities, to grab the attention of the employer and to
separate themselves from other applicants. An effectively
written cover letter gives you a chance to present yourself
in a positive way. Your cover letter will give readers insight
into your background, qualifications, experience and personality.
It will indicate your level of professionalism and attention
to detail. It will also show your potential employer how
· Attention to Detail – This is such a fundamentally
important factor in your success or failure. Anything that
you are sending on to a potential employer should be checked,
rechecked and checked again. Ask a parent, friend or teacher
to check it for you too. There is no excuse for spelling
mistakes and errors. This will have a direct impact on your
readers so take the time to get it right and check it over
one last time.
· Details, Details – Any information you are
using about there business should be correct, this is simply
things like the spelling of names of people or companies.
Any information pertaining to the company should be double
checked for accuracy.
· Writing – Keep it simple and informative
but grab the attention of your reader with a few key ‘buzz’
words. These are words such as professional, effective,
quality, results, opportunity, proven, ability, motivation.
These are words that are high impact and should draw attention
to your cover letter as well as making it a more enjoyable
· Layout – Keep paragraphs short, use bullet
points to highlight important information and keep it to
one page only. Give yourself the best opportunity to be
considered by making the information in your cover letter
easy to read.
Now that you have done your homework it is time to start
putting together the letter. It is a good idea to brainstorm
a little and write down any ideas you have for the letter.
Also write down the information you want to set forth. This
will be information regarding how you found out about the
job, why you are interested in it, what relevant qualifications
and experience you have as well as what the intent of the
Getting it together: Teen Jobs
· Introduction – Briefly state who you are
and how you found out about the job.
· Motivation – Explain why you are pursuing
the job and what interests you about the opportunity.
· Selling yourself – Give them information
about your qualifications/experience and show how they will
benefit their company. List what you can do for them in
the position you are going for. Explain why you feel your
qualifications/experience make you a match for their job
· Closing – Closing statements should thank
the employer for their time and consideration. You should
also let them know you are going to follow up on the application.
Your follow up should be to ensure they received your resume
and to ask if they require any further information in the
selection process. This might just tip the odds in your
favour as it demonstrates professionalism and persistence;
two qualities highly sought after in the teen job industry.
· More Details – Don’t forget to give
your contact details phone and email.
Below is a sample that incorporates all these tips. It should
give you a clear idea about what is required for an effective
cover letter and it will clarify anything you don’t
Out Our Example Cover Letter