A cover letter is an introductory letter that gives more insight into both your work abilities and character. You can discuss a creative project you managed at a previous job or an accomplishment you achieved while volunteering with a community group. It is an opportunity to convince the company why you should be hired when the resume is just not enough.
Below is a helpful guide for writing the most kick ass cover letter! Remember: Once you have a template, you will have to change the information to match the company and job you are applying for. Some jobs will be similar in responsibilities so you will be able to send the same cover letter and some you will have to tailor a complete new one. How much time and dedication you have is up to you!
Here is another example of an excerpt taken from a cover letter I used to apply to a job in education. I spoke about a project I created at my previous position working as a counselor for children. The cover letter gives you the chance to show how the company will benefit and thrive from you being hired.
"During the past year, I helped supervise a successful tutoring program for at-risk youth. Students were failing the majority of their key subjects and had a variety of emotional and behavioral issues, which often made academics a challenge. The program focused on meeting the social/emotional needs of the students as well as providing tutoring support. The program also provided helpful materials, such as planners, flashcards and study guides, in order to set them up for success with the next grade level. Students made significant gains in their GPA and school attendance, as well as formed positive relationships and a sense of unity with peers they may not have interacted with otherwise. Having a mentor who showed genuine interest and compassion while sticking to their original commitments seemed to be a winning formula for the group. In addition, the School Adjustment Counselor and I would collaborate on ideas and solutions to arising issues in order to improve the program. I would love to bring this expertise and knowledge to [Company/Organization Name]."