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Writing for life


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Writing for life

  2. 2. Writing Basics Cover letter E-mail Thank You Note
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. Elements of a Cover Letter Header (Name and Contact Information) Date (January 3, 2012) Employer Address Salutation (Dear Mr./Ms./Mrs./Dr., etc.)
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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 ( 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
  7. 7. Follow-up and Thank You Notes After an interview, meeting, or internship, you should send a handwritten thank you note to the potential employer.
  8. 8. 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.