What Is a Cover Letter?<br />A cover letter expresses your interest in and qualifications for a position to a prospective employer.<br />
What Should My Cover Letter Accomplish?<br />Your cover letter should introduce the main points of your resume.<br />It should also help you to “sell” your qualifications to the prospective employer. <br />
Introductory Paragraph<br />Your first paragraph should:<br />Get the reader’s attention, stimulate interest, and be appropriate for the job you are seeking. <br />You should make your goal clear for the reader.<br />
Body Paragraphs<br />Your body paragraph(s) should:<br />Highlight your strongest qualifications for the position for which you are applying.<br />Demonstrate how these qualifications will benefit the employer.<br />Lead employers to your enclosed or attached resume.<br />
Concluding Your Letter<br />Conclude by asking for an interview.<br />Include a thank you.<br />Mention you salary history or requirements (if requested). Watch out with this one…only include if requested. <br />
Cover Letter Tips<br />Use concrete words to describe your experience.<br />Use present tense to discuss current activities and past tense for previous job duties or accomplishments.<br />Cover letters should be no longer than one page. Employers/HR people want to do one thing…stop reading. <br />
Homework<br />Course project part 3<br />Rework your resume using the skills gained in lecture ORwrite a cover letter to the last job you applied to. <br />
Need help or advice with a cover letter?<br />Contact your Career Services Specialists<br />Contact me…comp I teacher extraordinaire. <br />
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