Writing a cover letter


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Writing a cover letter

  1. 1. Writing a Cover Letter<br />
  2. 2. What is a cover letter?<br /><ul><li>Highlights key points in your resume.
  3. 3. Expresses your interest in a position.
  4. 4. Shows off your qualifications to a prospectiveemployer</li></li></ul><li>Pre-Cover Letter Business<br /><ul><li>If you have a company or employer in mind, do some research regarding their policies and principles.
  5. 5. Review websites to find about the company.
  6. 6. Understand what qualifications the company is looking for and design your resume and cover letter to match your skill sets and background to the company’s needs</li></li></ul><li>Make a list of reasons why you’re the ideal candidate.<br />*Note: most ads consist of a wish list of qualifications and employers know that it is unlikely that a candidate will meet each and every qualification on their list.<br />
  7. 7. A Few Things to Keep in Mind<br /><ul><li>Do not over use “I” Instead, use the word “you” .
  8. 8. Avoid writing more than one page.
  9. 9. The point of the cover letter is to flesh out your resume’s selling points and not to repeat the same things that appear in your resume.
  10. 10. Never state how you will benefit by working for the company. Stay focused on the company’s needs not yours.
  11. 11. Avoid employing a boastful or bragging tone.</li></li></ul><li>Beginning The cover Letter<br /><ul><li>Address the resume cover letter to a specific person at the company you’re applying to. You can usually find a name in the company’s publications or you can inquire by telephone .
  12. 12. Immediately note the position that you are applying for and where you found out about it, including date of publication and page number when possible.
  13. 13. State that you are interested in the position and qualified.
  14. 14. End the introductory paragraph by providing the reasons why you are qualified, thus, forecasting the rest of the letter.</li></li></ul><li>Body ParagrapH(s)<br /><ul><li>Consider writing two paragraphs: education and experience.
  15. 15. Refer employers to certain points in your resume.
  16. 16. Emphasize your strongest qualifications.
  17. 17. Show how these qualifications will benefit the company.
  18. 18. Provide examples of your achievements that have benefited previous companies
  19. 19. Be specific in your descriptions .</li></li></ul><li>Closing Paragraph<br /><ul><li>Ask for an interview.
  20. 20. Provide possible times and dates.
  21. 21. Include specific contact information: email address and phone number.
  22. 22. Close actively. Tell them you will contact them in a few days.
  23. 23. Be genuine and thank them for their time.</li>