What is a cover letter? A marketing took that compliments your resume Always included with resumes sent by mail Electronic and/or job fair resumes don’t need one.
What is the purpose of a coverletter? Introduces you and your resume to an employer. Explains why you are writing or applying for the job. Details why you are a GOOD MATCH for the organization and the position Demonstrates your abilities and helps establish your credibility. Draws your reader’s attention to specific qualifications Provides a sample of your written communication skills. Explains when you will contact your prospective employer.
Preparing to Write a Cover Letter Researching the job and the company!!! Researching the Company Find the corporate website Read the mission statement and/or the vision statement. Look for key words describing the company and its employees (caring, innovative, progressive, conservative, etc…) Know the product!!! Read about the corporation’s products. Look for products currently on the market and for products in “the pipeline” (what types of drugs, machines, therapies are they developing).
Preparing to Write a Cover Letter Researching the job and the company!!! "Looking for a highly-motivated, Researching the Job customer-oriented individual with Find the job description (or excellent communication skills and job ad) multi-tasking ability to write public Carefully read the job relations material." ad/description Circle key words (values, Proof you can offer to meet these skills, requirements) keywords: Make a list of HOW YOU I have kept a 3.8 GPA while being can prove you have these treasurer of the Liberal Arts Honors skills (specific examples Council and tutoring other students of situations, experiences, (motivated, communication, multi-task). activities, etc…) I have written brochure, catalog, and Identify the contact person newsletter copy for various communication classes (public relations, communication).
Preparing to Write a Cover LetterResearching the job and the company!!! Talk to “Insiders”-either someone your know (friend/family) or CALL THE COMPANY Questions “What kind of person is your company looking for?” “What qualifications are the most important for this position?” Is their anyone else I can contact to learn more about your company? Is there anything you think someone with my experience should do to improve my qualifications?
Writing the Cover Letter- Headings Craig M. Leroix Inside Addresses 2987 W. Taylor Dr. Your Contact Info Portland, OR 45720 890-372-1262 (skip a line) email@example.com Date (skip a line) February 2, 2005 Business Contact Person and Address Amy Kincaid, Human Resource Director Western Electric, Inc. 387 Collier Lane Atlanta, Georgia 30051
Writing the Cover Letter-Addressing Address the letter to the contact person you found in your research If can’t find use… “Dear Hiring Professional” “Dear Selection Committee If you can find use… Formal name (Dear Ms. Kinkaid, or Dear Pat Thomson)
Writing the Cover Letter-The Introductory Paragraph Purpose: Catch the reader’s attention State the school/university that you attend, you major, and what position you are applying for. Mention where you heard about the job. Mention the name of a person you know who has a positive contact with the company. Bring up previous conversations you have had with the reader (e.g. Met at a job fair etc…) THE PICK UP LINE: DESCRIBE HOW YOU AND THE COMPANY MATCH!!! (e.g. “I agree that innovation comes from progressive thinkers and strongly believe that I can bring these qualities to your company.”
Writing the Cover Letter-The Argument (the Body Paragraphs) Describe the MOST IMPORTANT qualifications that show you are a good match. (1 paragraph) What skills and abilities do you have that they need? How have you demonstrated these skills in REAL situations Special projects, awards (other recognized the quality of your work), accomplishments (set a goal and reached it?)
Writing the Cover Letter-TheClosing Sums up your qualifications and reveals how you will proceed to follow up on the resume. Include a strong reminder of why you are a good match Request an interview in some way. Provide contact information THANK THEM!!!!! Sign and print your name underneath it! “I am eager to speak with you and discuss my possible contributions to (_______) and feel that my qualifications will be an asset to the company. I will be in touch with you … Please feel free to contact me at__________. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.”