Cover Letter  Writing
When you’re serious about pursuing a career, your attention to the little things can make a big difference in being percei...
When & Why Do I Need a  Cover Letter? <ul><li>Any time you send your resume to an employer it should be accompanied by a c...
Cover Letters <ul><li>Should give the employer a reason to look at the resume </li></ul><ul><li>3 to 5 bulleted points lea...
Application (Cover) Letter <ul><li>Purpose:   persuade your audience to move you onto the next step of the job search proc...
Format <ul><li>Letter conventions:  heading, Date,inside address, salutation, complimentary close, end notations </li></ul...
Letter   Format <ul><li>Heading:  your address; city, state, zip code; date </li></ul><ul><li>Inside address:  audience na...
Specifics <ul><li>Use an attention line when you don ’ t have a specific person to address  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. Atte...
Specifics 2 <ul><li>End notations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Signature block:  typed name four lines below complimentary closin...
Heading and Inside Address Example <ul><li>4912 Vasant Vihar </li></ul><ul><li>Dehradoon, Uttranchal 21207 </li></ul><ul><...
Complimentary Close, etc. Example <ul><li>Sincerely yours, </li></ul><ul><li>Jobseeker Negi </li></ul><ul><li>Enclosure:  ...
Introduction (paragraph 1) <ul><li>Begin by stating purpose (cold contact or advertised position) </li></ul><ul><li>Tell h...
Body (paragraph 2-3) <ul><li>Discuss work and education experience, one paragraph each </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For education...
Conclusion (paragraph 4) <ul><li>Ask for action from audience:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an interview </li></ul></ul><ul><li>...
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  1. 1. Cover Letter Writing
  2. 2. When you’re serious about pursuing a career, your attention to the little things can make a big difference in being perceived as a quality candidate. It can separate you from the crowd, elevating you from “good” to “great.” Eric Mason, Federated Insurance Company
  3. 3. When & Why Do I Need a Cover Letter? <ul><li>Any time you send your resume to an employer it should be accompanied by a cover letter. </li></ul><ul><li>A cover letter acts as an introduction for your resume. </li></ul><ul><li>A cover letter also stands as a sample of your writing skills, so be sure to make it the best possible sample you can. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are sending your resume via email - the cover letter is the email message itself. Then attach the resume following the employer's instructions (i.e., MSWord document, text document, etc.) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cover Letters <ul><li>Should give the employer a reason to look at the resume </li></ul><ul><li>3 to 5 bulleted points leading to the resume </li></ul><ul><li>If the cover letter does not “ speak well, ” the resume will not be read! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Application (Cover) Letter <ul><li>Purpose: persuade your audience to move you onto the next step of the job search process </li></ul><ul><li>Tone: project self-confidence and maturity; do not be apologetic, timid, stuffy, or arrogant </li></ul><ul><li>Homework: learn something about the company that you can mention in the letter. Can you tie your qualifications to what you learned or the way you might benefit the company? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Format <ul><li>Letter conventions: heading, Date,inside address, salutation, complimentary close, end notations </li></ul><ul><li>Single spacing </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>Letter length-- one page (entry level job) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Letter Format <ul><li>Heading: your address; city, state, zip code; date </li></ul><ul><li>Inside address: audience name and job title, company name, address, city, state, zip </li></ul><ul><li>Salutation or attention line </li></ul><ul><li>Body of letter </li></ul><ul><li>Complimentary close, signature block </li></ul><ul><li>End notations Enclosure </li></ul>
  8. 8. Specifics <ul><li>Use an attention line when you don ’ t have a specific person to address </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. Attention: Human Resources Department </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Choose a traditional complimentary closing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sincerely yours, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very truly yours, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respectfully yours , </li></ul></ul><ul><li>End notations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Signature block </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enclosure: r é sum é </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Specifics 2 <ul><li>End notations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Signature block: typed name four lines below complimentary closing phrase with space for signature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enclosure: can include name or type of enclosure. Use the entire word or abbreviate. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enclosure: r é sum é </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encl. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Heading and Inside Address Example <ul><li>4912 Vasant Vihar </li></ul><ul><li>Dehradoon, Uttranchal 21207 </li></ul><ul><li>February 28, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. ABC Sharma, President </li></ul><ul><li>Infosys </li></ul><ul><li>1000 Hilltop Circle </li></ul><ul><li>Bangalore, Karnataka 21250 </li></ul><ul><li>Dear Dr. Sharma: </li></ul>
  11. 11. Complimentary Close, etc. Example <ul><li>Sincerely yours, </li></ul><ul><li>Jobseeker Negi </li></ul><ul><li>Enclosure: résumé </li></ul>
  12. 12. Introduction (paragraph 1) <ul><li>Begin by stating purpose (cold contact or advertised position) </li></ul><ul><li>Tell how you learned about job </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name drop if applicable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include specifics: name of newspaper, date you saw ad, job title </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Describe self here or at start of body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell name, student status, major/degree. Can include reference to research on company. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Body (paragraph 2-3) <ul><li>Discuss work and education experience, one paragraph each </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For education, include specifics about work done in classes. Class titles without supporting specifics won’t tell your audience much about you. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education example </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In my technical writing course, I designed a web site and worked on a collaborative manual on using Front Page </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Conclusion (paragraph 4) <ul><li>Ask for action from audience: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an interview </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Give contact information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail address </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Landline phone number(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cell phone number </li></ul></ul><ul><li>End all letters with a courteous closing sentence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thank you for your assistance. </li></ul></ul>

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