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Transcript of Cover Letters
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 should be identical to resume header.
Contact Information - Full name, address, phone number, and email included.
Write out month and double-space.
Full name (ex: Elizabeth Saunders)
Include title (Dr., Ms., Mr., Rev., etc.)
Make sure to also double-space before the salutation...
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...
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**
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
'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
: market yourself and your experiences/skills
: 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 **