Writing for LifePRESENTED BY PROFESSOR BARLETTA JANUARY 5, 2012
Writing Basics Cover letter E-mail Thank You Note
Writing a Cover Letter Purpose of a Cover Letter: Expresses your interest and qualifications for a particular position Key Elements of a Cover Letter: Personal enough to humanize yourself as an individual, but professional enough to be taken seriously as a prospective employee Demonstrates why you are the person for the job Explains how you meet the requirements It is an extension of your resume, but should explain your qualifications and goals in more detail
Elements of a Cover Letter Header (Name and Contact Information) Date (January 3, 2012) Employer Address Salutation (Dear Mr./Ms./Mrs./Dr., etc.)
Elements of a Cover Letter 1st paragraph-explains who you are and your skills: professional experience, training and education, and interpersonal skills) 2nd paragraph-explains what you can do for the company as an employee and includes your goals Conclusion-thanks the employer for considering your application and expressing your interest in following up with the possibility of becoming part of their organization Closing-end with “sincerely,” or a similar closing and sign your name
E-mail Etiquette Use an e-mail account you check on a regular basis or set up an e-mail account for professional use with your name as your e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) Address the potential employer as Mr./Ms./Mrs./Dr. etc. Write a clear subject heading Write clearly and concisely. If you are asking questions, number them so the employer can identify your needs. Use proper grammar and write in a formal tone. End your e-mail with a polite closing, your name, and contact information
Follow-up and Thank You Notes After an interview, meeting, or internship, you should send a handwritten thank you note to the potential employer.
Follow-up and Thank You Notes Why write follow-up and thank you letters? Write a follow-up letter to an employer to ensure that they have received your application. Write a thank you letter to thank the employer for his/her time in reviewing a résumé or, cover letter, or for interviewing you for the position. When do I need to do a follow-up with a potential employer? Write a follow-up letter if you have not heard from a potential employer for two weeks after submitting your résumé and cover letter.