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Cover Letter (Computers and Writing)
Transcript of Cover Letter (Computers and Writing)
a document sent with your resume to provide additional information on your skills and experience.
typically provides detailed information on why you are qualified for the job you are applying for.
explain the reasons for your interest in the specific organization and identify your most relevant skills or experiences.
"A Cover Letter"
Three types of cover letter
What to write
responds to a known job opening
inquires about possible positions
requests information and assistance in your job search
A cover letter is comprised of several parts:
• contact information
• body of the cover letter
The first section of a written or uploaded cover letter should include your contact information:
• Your Name
• Your Address
• Your City, State, zip Code
• Your Phone Number
• Your Cell Phone Number
• Your Email Address
Cover Letter Salutation
It's important to include an appropriate salutation at the beginning of the cover letter or message. If you have a contact person for your letter, be sure to include their name in your letter. The following is a list of letter salutation examples that are appropriate for cover letters and other employment-related correspondence.
Cover Letter Salutation
• Dear Mr. Jones
• Dear Ms. Jones
• Dear Jane Doe
• Dear Dr. Haven
Follow the salutation with a colon or comma, a space, and then start the first paragraph of your letter. For example:
Dear Mr. Smith:
Body of Cover Letter
The body of your cover letter lets the employer know what position you are applying for, why the employer should select you for an interview, and how you will follow-up. This section of your cover letter should include:
• First Paragraph - Why you are writing
• Middle Paragraphs - What you have to offer the employer (be specific)
• Final Paragraph - How you will follow-up
Cover Letter Closure
When you're writing a cover letter or sending an email message to apply for a job it's important to close your letter in a professional manner. Review examples of cover letter closings.
General Salutations for Cover Letters
• Dear Hiring Manager
• To Whom It May Concern
• Dear Human Resources Manager
• Dear Sir or Madam
• Dear Company Name Recruiter
When You Don't Have a Contact Person
Many companies don't list a contact person when they post jobs, because they don't want to be contacted by candidates.
If you don't have a contact person at the company either leave off the salutation from your cover letter and start with the first paragraph of your letter or use a general salutation.
Cover Letter Signature
What is included in a cover letter signature and the format of your signature depends on whether you are sending or uploading a cover letter document or using an email message as your cover.