Presentation on theme: "The Cover Letter TIM 100. What should a cover letter do? Introduces you Introduces you Creates attention Creates attention Leads the reader to the resume."— Presentation transcript:
What should a cover letter do? Introduces you Introduces you Creates attention Creates attention Leads the reader to the resume Leads the reader to the resume Draw attention to key summaries of your resume Draw attention to key summaries of your resume
Remember, dont disqualify yourself by... Being too lengthy Being too lengthy Bad grammar and incorrect punctuation Bad grammar and incorrect punctuation Unprofessional format Unprofessional format If you use a cover letter, do it right.
Cover Letter Cover Letter Paragraph One – Paragraph One – This is why I am writing to you This is why I am writing to you Create attention Create attention Types Types SummarySummary Name OpeningName Opening Request OpeningRequest Opening Question OpeningQuestion Opening
Summary Opening Dear Mr. Baldwin: I would like to apply for the position of Front Office Manager at the Four Seasons Maui. I have enclosed my resume for your review.
Name Opening Dear Ms. Walker: Amy Sellers suggested I contact you regarding the Recreational Supervisor position available with the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. I have worked continuously at the Doubletree Alana Hotel in the area of pool services for the last three years. I am confident my experience with the Doubletree Alana Hotel qualifies me for this supervisor position.
Request Opening Dear Mr. Jarvis: I would like to be considered for a position as an assistant in one of your marketing departments at Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Waikiki in the areas of advertising, sales promotion, marketing research, or brand management.
Request Opening (cont.) Dear Mr. White: Please accept this letter as an expression of interest in the position of Flight Attendant.
Middle Paragraph (s) Create DESIRE Create DESIRE Tell them how you are marketable Tell them how you are marketable Focus on one or more of these: Focus on one or more of these: education education work experience work experience ability to work with others ability to work with others interest in your field interest in your field interest in the company interest in the company responsibilities on previous assignments responsibilities on previous assignments
As you will see from the attached resume, my successful purchasing background, along with my interest and education in computer software, provides me with the confidence that I can bring your company the knowledge and responsibility your work demands.
I am seeking a career that will allow me to apply my interpersonal skills to the fullest and pursue my commitment to serving the public. I believe that the Flight Attendant profession provides the best possible avenue along which to achieve these goals, and that, in turn, I am able to become a real asset to your company as a member of your passenger service team.
Closing Paragraph Calls for ACTION Calls for ACTION Ask for an interview Ask for an interview Offer to come to the employers office when it is convenient. Offer to come to the employers office when it is convenient. Make action easy by giving your telephone number Make action easy by giving your telephone number
Thank you for your time and consideration. I would welcome a personal interview in which we may discuss my potential contributions to your company. Please telephone me at (808) 669-2201 after 2 pm and suggest a time at which it will be convenient for us to talk. I look forward to your reply.
Cover Letter Dos Address your letter to a specific person Address your letter to a specific person Tailor each cover letter to the specifics of each job for which you apply: market yourself effectively Tailor each cover letter to the specifics of each job for which you apply: market yourself effectively Check your spelling and grammar Check your spelling and grammar Always keep a copy for reference and follow up Always keep a copy for reference and follow up
Cover Letter Dos Use your stationery Use your stationery Use proper titles – Dear Mrs. Lacro/ Dear Erika Use proper titles – Dear Mrs. Lacro/ Dear Erika Sign in black ink Sign in black ink Compliment the company – extend your thanks Compliment the company – extend your thanks Thank you for your consideration Thank you for your consideration Dont tell them you will call at 3P on Tuesday to make an appointment Dont tell them you will call at 3P on Tuesday to make an appointment