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How to Write a Cover Letter

Shmoop's got you cover lettered.

No matter what your dream job is—and we're talking anything from A-list celebrity to personal assistant for a Smurf—you need a cover letter to get it.

It's a daunting task, we know, but this course will walk you through the process step by step until you have glitzy, glammy, and most importantly, you-y cover letter.

Course Breakdown

Unit 1. How to Write a Cover Letter

In four short lessons, we'll take you from blank page to knock-their-socks-off cover letter.

Sample Lesson - Introduction

Lesson 1: Blank Page, Beware

You're staring at your computer screen, and you swear—swear—it has started staring back at you. It knows you're about a write a cover letter, and it wants to make you as uncomfortable as possible:



You have nothing to fill this blank page with…
You're not going to get the job anyway…
Maybe you should just go watch TV instead…

Yeah, our computer screen can be a little nasty.

Before that blank page comes at you with a weapon and a vengeance, let's start spilling some ink. You have to start somewhere, and we here at Shmoop are all about non-judgmental brainstorming, so that's exactly where we'll start.

  • Course Length: 1 week
  • Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, College
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • Business and Career Preparation
    • Life Skills
    • High School

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