Presentation on theme: "OCN 750 Class #11: March 20 Cover Letters"— Presentation transcript:
1 OCN 750 Class #11: March 20 Cover Letters Announcements & Report-backsReviewing job adsWriting cover lettersUpcoming assignments/classes
2 Any questions or comments? Michele? For today (3/20)Bring laptop (you can borrow one from C- MORE ed office)Find a job ad that you’re interested in applying for. this job ad to us and bring it to class.Reflection on CV, or send a list of 5 websites with short descriptions.Volunteer to compile websites?Any questions or comments? Michele?
3 Job Application Package CV (or resume)Cover LetterJob-specific materialsGoal: Get an interview!
4 Cover Letter: Purpose Complement (not duplicate) your CV Show you’re a “good fit” to the jobNot a form letter - must be tailored to job adShow that you’re a strong writer, attentive to detail, and respectful/courteous
5 Cover Letter: Format Limit to 1-2 pages Use standard business letter formatShould be easy to read (11 or 12 point font, avoid lengthy paragraphs)Can be mailed, ed, uploaded (see job ad)Save as a PDF, even if you’re mailing itIf , submit cover letter as an attachment
6 Standard Business Letter Format Top of PageYour Contact InformationAddress City, State, Zip Code Phone Number WebsiteDateEmployer Information Full name of contact person Job title of contact person Organization name Organization Address City, State, Zip CodeSalutationDear Dr./Mr./Ms. Last Name:Bottom of PageClosing“Sincerely,” or “Best regards,”Signature Block Your signature Your typed name
7 Body of Cover LetterFirst Paragraph Explain that you are applying for a job. Include the position name, number (if applicable) and where you learned about the job. Convey your interest in the position.Middle Paragraph(s) Describe what you have to offer the employer. Don’t simply restate what’s on your CV. Instead, show how your qualifications match those in the job ad. Make strong connections between your abilities and their needs, and back up your statements with evidence. Add a personal touch! Use several shorter paragraphs or bullets rather than one large block of text.Final Paragraph Conclude your cover letter by expressing your interest in the position and thanking the employer for considering your application.
8 Sample Body of Cover Letter (M Sample Body of Cover Letter (M. Guannel, C-MORE marine science educator)First paragraphI respectfully submit my application for the position of Marine Science Educator (job ID: 12234) with the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE). I expect to receive my Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Washington this summer, and I now intend to pursue marine science teaching and outreach with diverse populations.
9 Middle paragraphsMy academic background in microbial oceanography fits closely with the research aims of C-MORE. Through my dissertation research, I have utilized both culturing and molecular methods to explore the biogeography of marine bacteria and the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia. I have participated in multiple oceanographic cruises, and I am enthusiastic about conducting similar field work in the future.I offer nearly thirteen years of experience in teaching and outreach, much of which has focused on communicating microbial oceanography and its broader societal importance. I have co-taught several inquiry-based courses in biological and general oceanography at the University of Washington. I also have mentored students outside of the classroom, including three years of supervising undergraduate researchers on projects related to my dissertation.
10 Finally, I am perhaps most excited about the Marine Science Educator position with C-MORE because of the program’s mission to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the sciences. Since some of my earliest teaching work in AmeriCorps, I have supported youth of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. At the University of Washington, in order to address the lack of ethnic diversity among marine scientists, I have focused my volunteer outreach work on activities with ethnic minorities. I strongly hope to expand upon this work through future employment. Final Paragraph I am very interested in learning about how I may contribute my experiences and career goals to the education team at C-MORE. Thank you kindly for your consideration.
12 Cover Letter Exercise: Part 1 IndividuallyReview your job adWrite first (short) paragraph of your cover letterOutline the middle paragraphs (bullets are fine)What are the key qualifications in the job ad?What are your relevant skills/experience/interests? (What do you have to offer the employer?)Break ~1:50
13 Cover Letter Exercise: Part 2 In Small Groups (3-4 people)In turns, read first paragraph of your cover letterDiscuss your middle paragraphsWhat are the key qualifications stated in the job ad?What are your relevant skills/experience? (What do you have to offer the employer?)Pay attention to timeAt 2:40, one person per group will report back
14 Next week (3/27) Looking ahead No Class (next week)KSBE Student Networking MixerLooking ahead4/03 – Online Presence (see next slide)4/10 – Interviewing (Due: cover letter, job ad)
15 Assignment Due 4/3 Online profile preparation Gather 5 photosJoin LinkedIn & start browsing profilesFind example of 1 online profile that you like -- from LinkedIn or another platformBring laptop to classQuestions? Ask Michele.