Volunteering during your high school and college years can open many doors in the future. In addition, the work that you do will help you accumulate a ton of useful experience. If you have the time and you’re open to such an opportunity, you should definitely make good use of a volunteering position.

In order to be chosen, however, you will typically be asked to write a cover letter. The cover letter will tell the organization a bit more about who you are and why you’re interesting in getting the position.
The biggest cover letter essential is making it personalized.  On top of that, you’ll have to focus on a few other aspects of presenting yourself in the best possible light.
Stay Away from the Clichés and Make it Interesting

Most students interested in a volunteering position view the cover letter writing as a tedious task instead of a chance to tell the world a bit more about themselves. If they could, they would definitely get writing help for the task.

A cover letter, however, doesn’t really have to follow a certain stiff format. It can be fun and unusual.

To make your cover letter interesting, you should definitely focus on your biggest strengths and the things that make you unique. If you just include the phrases that you believe organizations want to hear, chances are that you will not even be considered for the volunteering position.

Have you been inspired by a volunteering story? Tell that story in your cover letter! Do you have a personal story connected to getting assistance from volunteers? Has this experience inspired you? Make sure that the information makes its way in your text.

The cover letter should show an organization just how motivated and passionate you are. Clichés reveal anything but passion. Instead of being safe, you may want to do something a bit more daring. If you’re true to yourself, chances are that you’ll get the desired outcome.

Include All of the Essential Information in it

While originality is great, you will also need to provide important information about why you’re the right person for the position.

A cover letter for a volunteering job should focus on your interests and how they coincide with the position being offered, an anecdote or some background information about past experiences, your achievements that are relevant and the skills that set you apart from all of the other applicants.

If you have any past employment history, you may want to mention that briefly, as well.

A final paragraph will also have to typically be incorporated in the text. Use this final paragraph to provide information about the level of commitment you’ll be comfortable with.

Formatting Matters!

Even the best of information isn’t going to get the job done if you don’t know how to format a cover letter for the purpose of ensuring readability.
The person responsible for reviewing the applications will have to go through dozens of those for every single available position. Thus, if you make it hard for them to extract the essential information from your cover letter, chances are that they will not bother.
A good cover letter needs to include your address on top, followed by the date and a subject line.

Next, address the cover letter to the right person.
Include an opening paragraph (your mission statement), a body paragraph (featuring all of the important information) and a closing paragraph (that provides information about the level of commitment that you’re capable of).
Include a final sentence about how much you appreciate the opportunity, your name and your signature.

The paragraphs themselves have to be brief and easily to scan. The shorter and tighter you make it, the better.

Always Proofread

A final very important thing to keep in mind is that you have to proofread your letter before sending.

If you don’t know how to do it, get a parent or a teacher to look at the text for you. Typos and grammar errors are indicative of sloppiness. Whether you’re addressing a potential employer or a charity organization, you have to be professional about it.
Now that you’ve done all of the hard work, it’s time to sit back, relax and wait for the outcome. Be patient and try multiple opportunities. Even if the first one doesn’t work, you will get your chance if you have the drive to pursue it.

“The sky is the limit”- this is Laura Buckler’s motto when it comes to innovating her own life. As a freelance writer, she is willing to share her experience and her advice with her readers. You can follow her on Twitter.


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