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  • Read the job advertisement carefully Research the corporate website Call "insiders" (people that work with the company) Refer to your university's career center if you are at college
  • Read internship description, highlight main points, make list of your qualifications Info on job, company, Then find relevant qualifications Then describe experiences that comfirms that skills/where you got it
  • “ I don’t have time, thus I write a lot” Don’t say: “I think” “I guess” “maybe”, you should sounds abssolutely confident in your expertise and desire to work for the organization
  • “ I don’t have time, thus I write a lot” Don’t say: “I think” “I guess” “maybe”, you should sounds abssolutely confident in your expertise and desire to work for the organization
  • Read internship description, highlight main points, make list of your qualifications Info on job, company, Then find relevant qualifications Then describe experiences that comfirms that skills/where you got it
  • Read internship description, highlight main points, make list of your qualifications Info on job, company, Then find relevant qualifications Then describe experiences that comfirms that skills/where you got it
  • Read internship description, highlight main points, make list of your qualifications Info on job, company, Then find relevant qualifications Then describe experiences that comfirms that skills/where you got it
  • Writing your cover letter

    1. 1. Under Pressure:WRITING YOUR COVER LETTER Olga Rakhmatullova Counter-Trafficking Unit IOM Mission in Ukraine
    2. 2. PlanWhat is cover letter? Why cover letter?How a cover letter should look?What should be in a cover letter?Cover letter checklistFUN and LEARNING
    3. 3. What is Cover Letter? A document that accompanies your resume when applying for jobs/internshipsWhy Cover Letter? To personalize your resume; Highlight specific information about you and the Company that make two of you a perfect fit
    4. 4. Prepare for Writing:Gather facts on yourself, company jobRead an advertisement; highlight main requirements and dutiesMake a list of your achievements, experiences and coursework that correspond to the job descriptionDo formal research on the companyDo informal research on the position
    5. 5. EXERCISE 1“JOB-COMPANY-YOU”
    6. 6. How should a Cover Letter look?Keep your letter to one side of A4Use clear, readable and professional fontAim for no more than 4-5 paragraphs, keep sentences shortMake sure you your letter has good margins; put 2 spaces between paragraphs to make a letter look neatUse “Madam/Sir” or “Internship Coordinator” or similar of no names are provided
    7. 7. What should be in a cover letter? MAIN RULES:Keep it brief, get across important pointsMake it confident, positive and enthusiasticAvoid repetition of information stated in your resume (rather supplement it)Address it to the person, not organizationRefer reader to CV where relevantEnsure you include all contact informationHave people you trust proofread itDOUBLECHECK for misspellings and typos
    8. 8. What should be in a cover letter?Paragraph 12-3 sentences in lengthState what position you are applying for, where you learned about itMention any personal contacts with the companyCreate interest by stating in one sentence why you think you will do a good match for the position
    9. 9. EXERCISE 2“INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH”
    10. 10. What should be in a cover letter?Paragraph 2-33-5 sentences in lengthEmphasize a match between the skills and expertise you possess and Employer’s requirementsPresent your achievements (both academic and professional) that relate to the position you are applying for
    11. 11. EXERCISE 3“THE BODY OF YOUR COVER LETTER”
    12. 12. What should be in a cover letter?Paragraph 4Thank for the time and considerationState your availability datesProvide information on how to contact you to receive additional information
    13. 13. EXERCISE 4“CONCLUDING YOUR COVER LETTER”
    14. 14. How to make your Cover LetterStronger?Giver preference to active rather than passive voice (“I presented industry analysis” rather than “case analysis was presented by me”)Prefer verbs to adjectivesProvide evidence/examples for your statementsDon’t begin every sentence with I
    15. 15. Cover letter checklist Done your research on the company Addressed your covering letter to the right person Used an easy-to-read font Stated what the job is and where you saw it advertised Made it clear why you want to work for them and why your skills match the job Reflected the job advertisements tone Made yourself sound positive and enthusiastic Kept it clear and brief, with good presentation Checked and double-checked for errors
    16. 16. Useful links http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/onelife/work/applic http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/550 http://www.reslady.com/coverletters.html http://www.susanireland.com/letterguide/rules. http://www.careers.lon.ac.uk/output/page219.a

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