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Writing a Cover Letter. What is a Cover Letter?. Tells the employer about you and why you are applying Can als o be used to inquire about possible positions. Purpose of a Cover Letter. Introduces you and who you are Explains why you are sending a resume Makes a good impression

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Writing a cover letter

Writing a Cover Letter


What is a cover letter

What is a Cover Letter?

  • Tells the employer about you and why you are applying

  • Can also be used to inquire about possible positions


Purpose of a cover letter

Purpose of a Cover Letter

  • Introduces you and who you are

  • Explains why you are sending a resume

  • Makes a good impression

  • Demonstrates professionalism


Formatting a cover letter

Formatting a Cover Letter


Layout

Layout

As with all professional business letters, a cover letter should be written in block format.


Cover letter contents

Cover Letter Contents

  • Use simple language

  • Be short & concise

  • Proofread! All cover letters should be error-free.


Parts of a cover letter

Parts of a Cover Letter


Contact informatio n

Contact Information

  • Your full name

  • Street Address

  • City, State

  • Zip Code

  • Phone Number

  • Email Address

The contact information on your cover letter should match your resume!


Writing a cover letter

Date

Write out the full date!

February 21, 2013


Employer informatio n

Employer Information

  • Name

  • Job Title

  • Company’s Full Address

Address your letter to the hiring manager of the company. If you’re not sure who it is, do some research to find out!


Salutatio n

Salutation

  • Business letters use only the following prefixes:

    • Mr.

    • Ms.

    • Dr.

  • Address the hiring manager by their last name


  • Paragraph 1

    Paragraph #1

    • Explain why you are writing

    • Indicate the position you would like to apply for

    • Explain how you heard about the job opening


    Paragraph 2

    Paragraph #2

    • Describe what you have to offer the employer

    • Match your abilities with their needs

    • Refer to your qualifications


    Paragraph 3

    Paragraph #3

    • Ask for an interview!

    • Thank the employer for considering you

    • Explain how & when you will follow up


    Complimentary close

    Complimentary Close

    • Use a professional closing

      • Respectfully yours

      • Best regards

      • Sincerely

  • Include your handwritten signature & typed signature


  • Your turn

    Your Turn!

    You are applying for a job at The Falcons’ Nest…

    Create a cover letter addressed to Mrs. Belote to send with your resume!


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