Writing a cover letter

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  • 1. Writing a Cover Letter
  • 2. What is a cover letter?
    • Highlights key points in your resume.
    • 3. Expresses your interest in a position.
    • 4. Shows off your qualifications to a prospectiveemployer
  • Pre-Cover Letter Business
    • If you have a company or employer in mind, do some research regarding their policies and principles.
    • 5. Review websites to find about the company.
    • 6. Understand what qualifications the company is looking for and design your resume and cover letter to match your skill sets and background to the company’s needs
  • Make a list of reasons why you’re the ideal candidate.
    *Note: most ads consist of a wish list of qualifications and employers know that it is unlikely that a candidate will meet each and every qualification on their list.
  • 7. A Few Things to Keep in Mind
    • Do not over use “I” Instead, use the word “you” .
    • 8. Avoid writing more than one page.
    • 9. The point of the cover letter is to flesh out your resume’s selling points and not to repeat the same things that appear in your resume.
    • 10. Never state how you will benefit by working for the company. Stay focused on the company’s needs not yours.
    • 11. Avoid employing a boastful or bragging tone.
  • Beginning The cover Letter
    • Address the resume cover letter to a specific person at the company you’re applying to. You can usually find a name in the company’s publications or you can inquire by telephone .
    • 12. Immediately note the position that you are applying for and where you found out about it, including date of publication and page number when possible.
    • 13. State that you are interested in the position and qualified.
    • 14. End the introductory paragraph by providing the reasons why you are qualified, thus, forecasting the rest of the letter.
  • Body ParagrapH(s)
    • Consider writing two paragraphs: education and experience.
    • 15. Refer employers to certain points in your resume.
    • 16. Emphasize your strongest qualifications.
    • 17. Show how these qualifications will benefit the company.
    • 18. Provide examples of your achievements that have benefited previous companies
    • 19. Be specific in your descriptions .
  • Closing Paragraph
    • Ask for an interview.
    • 20. Provide possible times and dates.
    • 21. Include specific contact information: email address and phone number.
    • 22. Close actively. Tell them you will contact them in a few days.
    • 23. Be genuine and thank them for their time.