Cover Letters    “Making a Business Date”
What is a cover letter?   A marketing took    that compliments    your resume       Always included with        resumes ...
What is the purpose of a coverletter?   Introduces you and your resume to an employer.   Explains why you are writing or...
Preparing to Write a Cover Letter    Researching the job and the company!!!    Researching the Company         Find the ...
Preparing to Write a Cover Letter        Researching the job and the company!!!                                           ...
Preparing to Write a Cover LetterResearching the job and the company!!!   Talk to “Insiders”-either someone your know    ...
Writing the Cover Letter-        Headings                             Craig M. Leroix   Inside Addresses            2987 ...
Writing the Cover Letter-Addressing   Address the letter to the contact person    you found in your research       If ca...
Writing the Cover Letter-The        Introductory Paragraph   Purpose: Catch the reader’s attention       State the schoo...
Writing the Cover Letter-The        Argument (the Body Paragraphs)   Describe the MOST IMPORTANT qualifications    that s...
Writing the Cover Letter-TheClosing   Sums up your qualifications and reveals how you will    proceed to follow up on the...
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Cover letters

  1. 1. Cover Letters “Making a Business Date”
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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).
  5. 5. 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).
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. 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) cmleroix@anywhere.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
  8. 8. 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)
  9. 9. 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.”
  10. 10. 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?)
  11. 11. 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.”

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