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Cover Letters

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Trish Jones

on 13 June 2018

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Transcript of Cover Letters

Additional tips

Don't copy verbatim what's on your resume.
Be brief. Shakespeare’s advice was to use “few words, but to affect.”
Have your resume and the job description next to you for reference when writing your letter.
Header
Header should be identical to resume header.
Alignment
Contact Information - Full name, address, phone number, and email included.

Example below:
Recipient/Greeting
Write out month and double-space.
Full name (ex: Elizabeth Saunders)
Job Title
Company
Address
Include title (Dr., Ms., Mr., Rev., etc.)

Example below:
Make sure to also double-space before the salutation...
1st Paragraph
Position for which you are applying (include a referral if possible).
School, level of education, major/minor.
WHY you're interested in the position.
Make sure and leave them with a 'hook' statement...
2nd/3rd Paragraph(s)
Describe and sell your qualifications using specific examples/experiences.
Tailor the experiences/skills you highlight according to the requirements of the job description.
**Customize this for each employer**
Closing
Final Paragraph
Reiterate and highlight your purpose, strengths, and why you want to work for this particular employer.
Include next steps and professional courtesy.
Ex: Thank the reader for their time and consideration.
So how do you do that?
Creating a Cover Letter
101
'Sincerely' | 'Respectfully' | 'Regards'
Leave space (
add handwritten signature if paper copy
)
Include full name, major, any organizational positions, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
Important items to remember...
(1) Cover Letter versus Resume
Resume
: market yourself and your experiences/skills

in general
.
Cover Letter
: market yourself and your experience/skills
in relation to the job you are applying for
.
(2) Always keep the employer in mind.
How can you help them?
** Always ask for the interview **
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