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Cover Letters: Why Is Something This Simple So Impossible?

Honestly, I didn’t use to think cover letters warranted paying much attention to but after receiving so many questions and working on a few with coachees, I now see that there is too much info out there and none of it entirely related to environmental industries. Here is an overview of my advice.

 

Cover letters are basically simple, so for starters let’s keep it that way. They consist of a business letter format with three paragraphs of content:

Start with “Dear hiring managers,” unless there was a person’s name in the submit to information.

Paragraph 1 - Focus on thanking them for the chance to apply and why you applied. If someone referred you, include them, and their title here (the person reading it may not know who they are).

Paragraph 2 - Why should they choose you? If you’re applying to a research position with the Nature Conservancy along with 200 other people, what makes you the best choice. Seriously, would you hire you?

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