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  • 1. How to make a cover letter ? ? ? ?? ??
  • 2. How to make a cover letter ? What is a cover letter ? Whats the point ? ● Completes your CV ● Introduces you ● Explains why you are applying for the job ● What are your skills and competences ● Demonstrates your skills and abilities ● Motivation
  • 3. How to make a cover letter ? Preparation 1st : Make some researchs about the company, about the job, about the environnement. Who ? Where ? What the job ? How ? Etc...
  • 4. How to make a cover letter ?2nd : Take a paper : BRAINSTORMING Write a list of all your qualities, skills, experiences, and knowledge. ● schools ● after-school activities ● profesionals experiences ● your planned future ● environement of your futur job Bachelor degree Responsible Find new ideas Piano Creativity Travel Football Like moving Teamwork Meeting new people Serious Curiosity Waitress Won the football Cup Family Animation with childrens Taking decisions Intership in a kindergarden English Work in a office Open Office Spanish
  • 5. How to make a cover letter ?3rd : Because of your research, you can select and organize allyours skills. What is the best ? What is usefull for this job ? For this company ? Etc... Now its time to find how to connect all Bachelor degree Responsible Find new ideas this ideas. Piano Creativity Travel Football Like moving Teamwork Meeting new people Serious Curiosity Waitress Won the football Cup Family Animation with childrens Taking decisions Intership in a kindergarden English Work in a office Open Office Spanish
  • 6. How to make a cover letter ? Your address telephone fax email Writing Your address 2 possibilities telephone Dont put your name ! Date (e.g.: 28 February 2012) th fax email DestinationWhat is the structure ? name and address A4 Salutation (Dear...) Just 1 page Body Maximum 4 paragraphes Your signature Your name
  • 7. How to make a cover letter ?First paragraph: Introduction ●Introduce yourself briefly (a new graduate or a seasoned professional, where you come from, what school you attended, etc....) Be quick, its not your CV ! ● Mention the position you are applying for. ● If its not a spontaneous application, specify how you learned about the opening.  ● State your general qualifications for the job (situate your skills within the context of what the recruiter is looking for; dont just mention your skills). Its the transition for the 2nd paragraph.
  • 8. How to make a cover letter ?Second paragraph: ● More details about your qualifications and back up your assertions.  ●Choose your most relevant qualifications and discuss how your background and experience qualify you for the job. ● Remember that you should not repeat what is already in your resume.  Use different sentence structures and try to be imaginative, yet concise. ●Remember that you have to proove your skills so dont write too much skills if your experience cant proove it.
  • 9. How to make a cover letter ?Third paragraph: ● Request an interview ● where and when you can be reached ● Thank the reader for his or her time and consideration. ●Show that your are motivated (you can tell them than youll call in fews weeks about an job interview) ●The typical ending of a cover letter is sincerely. In emails you can also write: - Regards - Kind regards - Best wishes
  • 10. How to make a cover letter ? The typicall mistakes ● 3 lines of letter ● 3 pages of letter ● Dont use to much « I ...I...I ... » ● Dont say « I would wish » but « I wish » no conditional ● Dont say « Im the best », say « Im able to make this because » or « Im good because.... » To lie To make a spelling ● ● ● Long sentences ● Copy and paste typicall senteces mistake ! ● the date has to be update ● Be active and positive (for exemple, dont say « Im not available till the 31st of March » but say « Im avalaible from 1st of April ») ● Dont say that the company is the best, try to find one element which caracterise the company
  • 11. How to make a cover letter ?Now, youre ready for this step ! If you need help, have a look on the paper with a list of words or sentences usefull for a cover letter. Thank you for your attention and good luck for the future :)