How to write a cover letter

What your cover letter is trying to achieve

Your cover letter backs up your resume. It will be read if your resume catches the recruiter's attention.

Your cover letter should show:

  • that you understand what the position involves and what Michelin requires
  • how your strengths and qualities match the position
  • that you are motivated

Format of the cover letter

Like your resume, your cover letter must be pleasant to read.

This means:

  • keep it to 1 page
  • write short, clear sentences that are worded positively
  • write in the present and future tense
  • use "I"
  • leave space between your paragraphs
  • weed out any spelling mistakes or incorrect grammar

What to put in your cover letter

Your cover letter should highlight the important information in your resume. You can also add information that is relevant to the position offered.

Organize your cover letter in 3 sections.

  1. Your motivation
    Explain how Michelin inspires you, why you are interested in the Group and in the position offered.
  2. Your strengths
    Describe the skills you have acquired through your training and experience. When you list your qualities and strengths, say what you could bring us during your internship or co-op program.
  3. Your plans
    Present your career plan and explain how this internship or co-op program would fit in with your plan.

Before you send off your cover letter, take the time to print it out, reread it and have someone else reread it too.