Cover Letters Should Include:
Always include your resume
your cover letter.
Explain why you are sending
your resume for this position.
Be clear and concise about
what your purpose is for applying at the company.
For example, are you seeking full-time employment
or a temporary position?
Be specific about where
you learned of the position or company. This
could be a search engine, job opportunity website
or family member.
Since the cover letter will
be the first document the company will see,
grab your readers attention in the first paragraph.
Write the position you are applying for and
why you are a good fit for that position.
Call attention to relevant
professional past experiences; be as specific
as possible, using examples.
Reflect your professional
skills that fit in with the position you are
applying for - attitude, personality, motivation,
enthusiasm, and communication skills.
Indicate what you will do
to follow-up – a phone call in three
days or an email. This is very crucial because
it sets the expectation that you will follow
up directly. See more information below:
a letter of application — applying
for an advertised
job opening, applicants often write: "I look forward to hearing
from you soon." However, if you have further contact info (e.g. phone
number) and if the employer hasn't said "no phone calls," it's
better to take the initiative to follow-up by writing: "I will contact
you in the next two weeks to see if you require any additional information
regarding my qualifications."
In a letter of inquiry — asking about the possibility
of an opening — write: "I will contact you in two weeks
to learn more about upcoming employment opportunities with (name of company)."
Cover Letter Format Guidelines:
Cover letters generally fall into one of two
Letter of application: applying
for a advertised job opening.
Letter of inquiry: expressing
interest in company, but you are not certain
if there are current openings.
The guidelines here apply to both hard copy correspondence
and e-mail; select the one most preferable by
the company you are applying to. The main difference
between e-mail and hard copy correspondence is
HARD COPY: your signature
block goes at the top
of the page on hard copy. Also, be sure to
include your personal signature at the bottom of your hard
copy cover letter.
Share Your Cover Letter and Help Others:
Our objective is to help everyone that is looking
for a job find one, especially in these hard economic
times. We want to collect proven cover letters
to help every person in every job field find the
kind of job they are seeking. If you would like
to share your cover letter, please email it to
us and we will post it on the site. You can send
us as many types of cover letters as you like.
How to submit your cover letter:
Edit your cover letter contact
information so it doesn't show your real information
(you can use James Sample, 123 Sample Blvd, Sample
City, State 98765)
Name your document with the
appropriate job title (e.g. Senior-Electrical-Engineer.doc)
Send an email to contact us
with your cover letter attached.
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