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This presentation will help graduate students learn to effectively write cover letters.

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  • Cover  Letter  Writing  
  • Cover  Letter   •  Concise,  professional  document  tailored  to  a   specific  posi4on,  organiza4on,  and  industry   •  Purpose:   – Express  your  interest   – Highlight  the  skills,  knowledge,  and  quali4es  that   show  your  fit   – Demonstrate  how  you  will  contribute    
  • Agenda   •  Analysis  &  Research   •  Structure   •  Demonstrate  Fit   •  Examples  
  • Analysis  &  Research   •  Analyze  the  role  descrip4on   •  Research  the  organiza4on  
  • Analysis  &  Research:   Industry  Expectations   •  Nonprofits,  Educa3on:  Speak  to  your  match  with  their   mission.   •  Finance,  Business,  Consul3ng:  Results-­‐oriented,   conserva4ve,  brief.   •  Engineering:  Some4mes  op4onal.  Keep  it  concise  and   focus  on  the  technical.   •  Journalism,  Crea3ve,  Arts:  Make  sure  your  wri4ng   style  shines.  Show  passion  here.    
  • Structure   •  Introduc3on:  Make  your  strongest  argument   •  Body:  Connect  experience  to  qualifica4ons/ requirements  (acquired  through  analysis  &   research)   •  Next  Steps:  What’s  YOUR  next  ac4on  
  • Demonstrate  Fit:   Skills   •  Focus  on  relevant  qualifica4ons/requirements   •  Gallup’s  21st  Century  Skills:   –  real-­‐world  problem-­‐solving,  knowledge  construc4on,  collabora4on,   self-­‐regula4on,  skilled  communica4on,  technology,  and  global   awareness   •  Gallup  defines  real-­‐world  problem-­‐solving  as  (Actual  Survey   Ques<ons):   –  “Worked  on  a  long-­‐term  project  that  took  several  classes  to  complete”   –  “Used  what  you  were  learning  about  to  develop  solu4ons  to  real-­‐world   problems  in  your  community  or  in  the  world”  
  • Demonstrate  Fit:   Elaborate  on  Experience   •  Iden4fy  specific  experience  that  exemplify   qualifica4ons/requirements   •  Connect  directly  to                           role/organiza<on  
  • Examples  
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