How to Write a Cover Letter (When You Haven't Written One Since College)

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article called “3 Editing Secrets That Will Make Your Cover Letter Even Better.” To which a dear (and succinct, and purposefully overdramatic) friend wrote, “Can’t you just HELP ME WRITE MINE?!?”

Where was she stuck? In her words: “Is it terrible to say I haven’t written [a cover letter] since college and don’t even know where to start anymore?”

No, it’s not terrible. And I think a lot of people—those changing careers, those who landed previous roles through networking and never submitted a formal application, and those who have been in the same job for the better part of a decade—are all in the same boat. Here’s what I recommend: