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How to Write a Cover Letter

If you’ve been a member of our community for literally any length of time, you know I hate cover letters. They’re often used to disqualify applicants before anyone has ever even looked at their resume and tbh I think that’s shady af.


But y’all keep asking about how to write them because sometimes job applications require them. So let’s get into the right way to tackle writing one so that you don’t ever write another one that costs you a potential interview. 


Because whether you're stepping out into a new industry or pivoting within your current field, your cover letter is gonna play a crucial role in showing potential employers why you're the perfect fit for the job and so many people do such a terrible job of writing them and ion want that to be you, sis!




Why Your Cover Letter Matters


If you’re being forced to submit a cover letter then you gotta go out of your way to make yourself shine like a goddamn star in that damn thing. You’re not gonna be like “I’ve never done this job before but …” or “I don’t have any practical experience but …” 


Hell nah. You’re going to explain your career journey, showcase your transferable skills, and demonstrate your passion for this new path so that you can grab the attention of whichever hiring manager reads it. If you’re determined to write a cover letter then it better set you apart from the crowd, not make it easy for them to dismiss your application before they even look at your resume. 


We on the same page now? Fantastic. Here are some non-negotiable tips for writing an effective cover letter:


Start Strong and Talk Yo Shit


Open your cover letter with a strong introduction that grabs the reader’s attention by the big ones. Why are you passionate about transitioning into this new role? How does your experience make you a great fit for the roles? Why is the opportunity so exciting for you? If you’re only excited because it’s a paycheck, Google some shit and use that instead 😂


For Example:


Dear Ms. Wilson,


As a marketing professional with 7+ years of experience, a passion for storytelling, and a knack for brand building, I am excited to apply for the Marketing Manager position here at 6 Figure Chick Consulting. With a solid foundation in date and trend analysis, as well as a drive to make an impact in the Professional Development industry, I am eager to bring my skills to your dynamic team.



Highlight Your Transferable Skills


Focus on your transferable skills that are relevant to the job you're applying for. You see how I underlined that shit? Do NOT talk about the ways in which you’re not qualified. Always emphasize how your previous experiences and achievements can benefit the company in this new role. Look at the job listing and find out where you’re a good fit if you have to. There’s no need to guess! 


For Example:


Throughout my career in marketing, I have honed my skills in strategic planning, campaign management, and data analysis—skills that are directly applicable to driving growth and engagement in your field of expertise. My ability to adapt quickly to new challenges and leverage consumer insights to inform marketing strategies aligns perfectly with the innovative approach at 6 Figure Chick Consulting.


Connect the Dots For ‘Em


Bridge the gap between your previous roles and the new role you’re applying for. You gotta make it clear as day that your career journey has prepared you for this new position. You can’t assume they’ll understand without you holding their damn hand. And yes, I know, they’d be able to tell if they looked at your damn resume first but here we are 🙃


For Example:


While my background has been rooted in traditional corporate roles, I have always been drawn to the fast-paced environment that comes with working at a startup. My experience in leading cross-functional teams and my passion for leveraging digital platforms to drive customer engagement have equipped me with the skills needed to excel as Marketing Manager at 6 Figure Chick Consulting.


Make It Clear That You’re A Whole Vibe


Company culture is important. Since they’re making you jump through hoops to prove that you’re a good fit by submitting a cover letter before even asking to interview you, I personally believe their company culture is trash but y’all already knew how I felt about people making applicants fill out cover letters from jump 😂


However, if you really want to work at this company, make sure you show them that you understand the company's culture, values, and mission in your cover letter. And don’t be afraid to talk about why you’re excited about the opportunity to join their team and contribute to their goals. Hiring managers and recruiters eat that shit up with a spoon. 


For Example:


I am inspired by 6 Figure Chick Consulting’s commitment to equity and its dedication to creating solutions that impact the lives of women, especially Black women, countrywide. I am eager to bring my creative energy and strategic mindset to your team. I’m also excited to contribute to your mission of helping people transition jobs, scale the corporate ladder, and land 6 Figure paying jobs.


Have Some AUDACITY


Wrap up your cover letter with a strong closing paragraph. You gotta make sure they know that you’re 10000% down for a follow-up call and/or interview … so you’re going to be ballsy af and outright ask them to contact you.


For Example:


Thank you for considering my application. I am excited about the possibility of bringing my skills and passion to 6 Figure Chick Consulting and would welcome the opportunity to discuss how my background and expertise align with your needs. I look forward to hearing from you and would love to arrange a time to speak further.


Got it? Good. Here’s a blank template of all the examples listed above in one cohesive letter so that you can get started without having to copy and paste our examples 87 times. 


Let’s Wrap This Shit Up


I may refuse to write them myself but I promise, writing a cover letter before you submit your next job application doesn't have to be scary af, sis. Using these tips and examples, you should be able to write a cover letter that showcases your skills, passion, and readiness to take on any new challenge this role my throw at you. 


And remember, unlike your resume, each cover letter should be tailored to the specific job and company you're applying to, so make sure you take some time to customize yours for maximum impact every time you apply to a new role that requires one.


Need a little more help than this? Come to my FREE A.S.A.P. Career Strategy Masterclass or join us in The Accelerator for hands-on coaching with me and my team of expert strategists. 


Either way, you know how to find us and, as always, you've got this, sis — happy hunting!

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