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How to Write a Cover Letter

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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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  • 1. Meridian Career Institute presents
  • 2. A Learning Resource Center Seminar
  • 3. How to Write a Cover Letter
  • 4.
    • The best resume in the world won’t do you much good if it’s accompanied by a sloppy-looking, poorly written cover letter.
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Why You are Writing
  • 7.  
  • 8. If a friend or acquaintance told you about the job, mention their name. Hopefully, that will encourage the employer to keep reading your letter.
  • 9. If you’re responding to a job posting or ad, tell them how you learned about the job and include the job title.
  • 10.  
  • 11. You could simply write something like: “ I am writing in response to your ad (on Craigslist, in the Bradenton Herald, etc.).”
  • 12. Then you should state how your education and work experience have prepared you for this job.
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. 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.
  • 15. What you have to Offer
  • 16.  
  • 17. 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.
  • 18.  
  • 19. You need to express how you can fulfill the employer’s needs.
  • 20. Don’t be concerned with asking the employer what he/she can do for you.
  • 21. Emphasize your achievements and refer the reader to your resume for a more detailed description of your qualifications.
  • 22. How You Will Follow-Up
  • 23. In your cover letter, you should let the employer know how you can be reached – email address, phone number, and cell phone number.
  • 24. Let them know you’re available for an interview at their convenience.
  • 25. Checklist
  • 26. 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:
  • 27.
    • Make sure the contact name and company name are correct
  • 28.
    • If possible, address the letter to an individual
  • 29.
    • Mention what position you’re applying for and where you saw it advertised.
  • 30.
    • Make sure the font is 10 or 12 point and easy to read (ex. Times New Roman or Arial)
  • 31.
    • Be sure there are no spelling, grammatical, or typographical errors
  • 32.
    • Read the letter out loud to ensure there aren’t any missing words
  • 33.
    • Keep a copy for your records
  • 34.
    • If you’re mailing it, be sure to sign it
  • 35.
    • 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)
  • 36.
    • The cover letter should be printed on good quality paper that matches the resume
  • 37.
    • Be sure there aren’t any smears or smudges
  • 38. 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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