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Writing A Cover Letter
Transcript of Writing A Cover Letter
What is a cover letter... and why do I need to write one?
THERE ARE 3 TYPES:
•The application letter which responds to a known job opening
•The prospecting letter which inquires about possible positions
•The networking letter which requests information and assistance in your job search
Your cover letter should be designed specifically for each position you seek. Do not design a form letter and send it to every potential employer, adapt it. It is fluid, JUST LIKE YOUR RESUME!
Creating a Professional Format
Information to include... and the order in which to include it...
-Reasons for your interest in the specific organization
-Identify your most relevant skills or experiences (remember, relevance is determined by the employer's self-interest).
-Express a high level of interest and knowledge about the position.
Effective cover letters explain:
1: Your Contact Information
5: Complimentary Close
City, State, Zip Code
NO: To Whom It May Concern
YES: To (MANAGER's NAME)
To Hiring Manager at (COMPANY)
The first paragraph of your letter should include information on why you are writing. Mention the position you are applying for and where you found the job listing. Include the name of a mutual contact, if you have one.
The next section of your cover letter should describe what you have to offer the employer. Mention specifically how your qualifications match the job you are applying for. Remember, you are interpreting your resume, not repeating it.
Conclude your cover letter by thanking the employer for considering you for the position. Include information on how you will follow-up.
Both typed and handwritten
Thank you for your consideration,