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Here are some helpful tips for creating effective cover letters!

Here are some helpful tips for creating effective cover letters!

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How to Write a Cover Letter How to Write a Cover Letter Presentation Transcript

  • Meridian Career Institute presents
  • A Learning Resource Center Seminar
  • How to Write a Cover Letter
    • The best resume in the world won’t do you much good if it’s accompanied by a sloppy-looking, poorly written cover letter.
  • An effective cover letter will answer three questions:
    • Why you are writing
    • What you have to offer to an employer
    • How you will follow up
  • Why You are Writing
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  • If a friend or acquaintance told you about the job, mention their name. Hopefully, that will encourage the employer to keep reading your letter.
  • If you’re responding to a job posting or ad, tell them how you learned about the job and include the job title.
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  • You could simply write something like: “ I am writing in response to your ad (on Craigslist, in the Bradenton Herald, etc.).”
  • Then you should state how your education and work experience have prepared you for this job.
  • In a prospecting letter or cold-contact letter, a job seeker contacts a company or business that hasn’t placed an ad for an open position.
  • The letter is sent in the hope that it will lead to an interview. This type of letter will receive the fewest responses, so don’t be overly concerned if only a few potential employers respond.
  • What you have to Offer
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  • If you’re answering an ad, refer to the qualifications listed by the employer and tell them how your skills, work experiences, and education relate to the qualifications they’re seeking.
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  • You need to express how you can fulfill the employer’s needs.
  • Don’t be concerned with asking the employer what he/she can do for you.
  • Emphasize your achievements and refer the reader to your resume for a more detailed description of your qualifications.
  • How You Will Follow-Up
  • In your cover letter, you should let the employer know how you can be reached – email address, phone number, and cell phone number.
  • Let them know you’re available for an interview at their convenience.
  • Checklist
  • Before you send out the cover letter with your resume, review this checklist to ensure that you’ve covered everything and that you’re sending out the best possible cover letter:
    • Make sure the contact name and company name are correct
    • If possible, address the letter to an individual
    • Mention what position you’re applying for and where you saw it advertised.
    • Make sure the font is 10 or 12 point and easy to read (ex. Times New Roman or Arial)
    • Be sure there are no spelling, grammatical, or typographical errors
    • Read the letter out loud to ensure there aren’t any missing words
    • Keep a copy for your records
    • If you’re mailing it, be sure to sign it
    • Again, if you’re mailing it, put the cover letter and resume in a large envelope to mail flat
    (otherwise, fold it neatly into thirds with the resume on top)
    • The cover letter should be printed on good quality paper that matches the resume
    • Be sure there aren’t any smears or smudges
  • These Websites offer tips and tools for writing effective cover letters and other job search correspondence:
    • http://jobsearch.about.com/od/coverletters/a/aa030401b.htm
    • http://quintcareers.com
    • http://www.trincoll.edu/depts/career/guides/cover_ltr.shtml
    • http://www.ehow.com/search.aspx?s=write+cover+letters&Options=0
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