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Creating Cover Letters

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GW Center for Career Services

on 26 September 2012

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Creating Cover Letters
AGENDA REVIEW THE JOB DESCRIPTION COVER LETTER RULES GW Career Center First, let's go over the agenda CREATING A COVER LETTER CREATING A COVER LETTER:
1st paragraph Indicate Your Interest/ Demonstrate Your Research:
2nd Paragraph CREATING A COVER LETTER:
2nd Paragraph NEW LOCATION: Marvin Center Suite 505 Clarify the Purpose of a Cover Letter
Explain the Rules of Writing a Cover Letter
Create a Cover Letter in the Proper Format
Respond to Questions Check this off on your CAREER SUCCESS PLAN SERVICES:
Drop-ins, 1-4pm Monday through Friday
48-Hour Resume Critique
Consulting by appointment - Customize Each Letter to a Specific Position
-Have a Clear Purpose
-Know Your Audience
-Do Not Repeat Your Resume - Expand Upon it
-Business Letter Format (Block Style)
-Three to Four Paragraphs
-One Page
-Single Space Between Line, Double Space Between Paragraphs Your Name
Present Address
City, State, Zip Code

Today's Date

Individual's Name
Title
Company
Street Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms.____:
or Dear Selection Committee, Human Resource Coordinator, etc. State the Reason You are Writing and the Source of the Job Listing

I am writing in response to your posting for the Career Ambassador position. I learned of this position through The George Washington University Career Center. Indicate Your Interest
Demonstrate Your Research and State Why You Would Like to Work for Them
Indicate How Your Qualifications Match the Employers Needs As a Psychology major in my senior year at The George Washington University, I would like the opportunity to receive training and supervision in the career development field. I plan to pursue a career in the higher education field and would like the experience of working in a student service oriented atmosphere. I believe the recent renovation of the Career Resource Room and newly developed web-site demonstrates the dedication of your staff to the student’s needs and I would like to become a part of your team. Illustrate Qualifications that Match My past experience and education combine to make me uniquely suited for this position. In my current position as a Residence Hall Coordinator, I have developed communication skills assisting the residents of Thurston Hall and collaborating with the Housing department team to brainstorm and create outreach activities.
I have also developed public speaking skills from presenting various workshops to new residents of Thurston.
This position, as well as my experience as a GW student has provided me with an in depth knowledge of the GW community and its resources. Creating a Cover Letter:
3rd paragraph Request an Interview
Include How You Can be Reached
Thank the Reader for their Time and Consideration Use the Proper Heading and Greeting Example: I am enclosing my resume for your review. I would like the opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss my qualifications further. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 202-994-6495 or at email@gwu.edu. I look forward to speaking with you soon. Thank you for your time and consideration. CREATING A COVER LETTER:
3rd Paragraph LET US TRY
Minimum Qualifications:

-UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY (Junior or Senior status preferred)
-Time commitment of 8-10 hours per week
-Minimum work commitment of two semesters preferred
-Good academic standing with leadership potential
-Team worker with good communication skills
-Desire/Interest to assist other students with their career development
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