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PCS 406. Professional Communication Skills. UNIT 3. Effective Cover Letters. WEEK 7. Identifying features of cover letters. In pairs , discuss the following questions : What’s the difference between cover letter and a CV? Have you ever written a cover letter in English?

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Pcs 406

PCS 406

Professional CommunicationSkills


Unit 3

UNIT 3

EffectiveCoverLetters


Week 7

WEEK 7


Identifying features of cover letters

Identifyingfeatures of coverletters

  • Inpairs, discussthefollowingquestions:

    • What’sthedifferencebetweencoverletterand a CV?

    • Haveyou ever written a coverletter in English?

    • What is written in a coverletter ?

Job-hunting

P. 34


Target vocabulary

TARGET VOCABULARY


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Well-focused (adj.)

To be concentrated on somethingverywell.


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Complement (v)

Tocompletesomethingandtomake it whole


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Sign-off (n)

Closingpart of a letteror a document


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Enquire (v)

to ask someoneforinformation


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Identifyingfeatures of coverletters

  • Look at theintroductiontocoverlettersand do theexercises 1b&c

  • VickyTang is the Communications Manager at GreenPharmaceuticals. Shewantstochange her jobandphones her friendFelix.

  • Listen totheirdialogueand do theexercises 1d, e, f.

  • On page 35, there is an example of goodcoverletter. Look at theexampleand do theexercises 1h, i, j

Job-hunting

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Beginning a coverletter

  • Thefirstparagraph of yourcoverlettershoulddetail

    • thejobyouareapplyingfor

    • whereyouheardaboutthejob

  • Inthispart, youwillseetheexamples of openingparagraphs of coverletters.

  • Look at theexamples in exercise 2 and do theexercises 2a, b & c.

Job-hunting

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Beginning a coverletter

  • GraceandOliveraretworecruitmentexpertsandtheyarediscussingtheletters in exercise 2c.

  • Listen totheextract 3.3 and do theexercises in yourCourse Pack p. 15

Course Pack

P. 15


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Beginning a coverletter

  • Now it is yourturntowritetheopeningparagrah of yourcoverletter.

  • Thinkaboutthejobadvertisementyouhavechosen at thebeginning of thetermandwritetheopeningparagraph of yourcoverletter

Course Pack

P. 15


Week 8

WEEK 8


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Writingthe main body of theletter

Demonstratingyourkeyskillsandexperience

  • Afterwritingtheopeningparagraph, now it is time towritethe main body of thecoverletter

  • Inthe main body of coverletter, youneedto:

    • showwhyyouraretherightpersonforthejob.

    • highlightyourmostrelevantexperiencesandskills as theyrelatetotheposition

    • demonstrateevidence of yourskillsclearly

    • provideevidenceeverythingyousaid

Job-hunting

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Writingthe main body of theletter

  • Inpairsdiscussthequestions:

    • How longshouldthe main body of theletter be?

    • How manyspecificpointsshouldyoumake?

    • How willthissectionchangedepending on thejobyouareapplyingfor?

  • Afterdiscussion, do theexercises 3b, c&d.

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Writingthe main body of theletter

Matchingyourskillsandexperiencetotheposition

  • Inthe body of yourcoverletter, youneedtodemonstrate how yourworkexperienceandskillsmatchthespecificpositionyouareapplyingfor.

  • To do this, youneedto:

    • readthejobdescriptioncarefully

    • identifytheskillsandexperiencethecompany is particularlyinterested in

    • showanyparallelswithpreviouspostsyouhaveheldorotherexperience

Job-hunting

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Writingthe main body of theletter

  • Inpairs, discussthefollowingquestions:

    • How willyourcoverletterchangewitheachpositionyouapplyfor?

    • How willyouknowwhichskillsandexperiencetohighlight?

    • Shouldyouhighlightskillsandexperienceeveniftheyare not obviouslyrelevanttotheyouareapplyingfor?

  • Now, please do theexercises 4b, c & e.

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Week 9

WEEK 9


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Writingthe main body of theletter

Demonstratingyourkeyskillsandexperience

  • Do theexercises 4 f, g, h on page 41 in yourcoursebook.

  • It is time foryoutowritethe body paragraph of yourcoverletter.

  • Accordingtotheadvertisementyouhavechosen, pleasewritethe main body of yourcoverletter.

  • Do not forgettherulesandtheusefulexpressions.

Course Pack

P. 16


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Writing an effective final paragraph

  • The final paragraph of yourcoverlettershould :

    • roundtheletteroff

    • leavethereaderwith a positiveimpression of yourapplication

    • leavethereaderwith a desiretointerviewyou

  • Please do theexercises 5a, b, c, d, e & g.

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Writing an effective final paragraph

  • Nowthink of thespecificjob in theadvertisementyouhavechosenandwrite a closingparagraphforyourcoverletter.

  • Usethephrases in theboxandideasfromthissectionandwritetheparagraph in yourCourse Pack.

Course Pack

P. 17


Week 10

WEEK 10


Writing a cover letter

Writing a coverletter

  • Look at theexample of a badcoverletter in exercise 7a.

  • Inpairsdiscussthemistakeslabelledand do theexercise 7b.

Job-hunting

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