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1 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop COVER LETTER WORKSHOP Facilitator Check List

2 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop CHECK IN Introductions of group members Individual and group goals for the workshop Ice Breaker

3 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop ICE BREAKER!!! Training Games Cover Letter Word Search

4 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop OBJECTIVE To provide the skills and tools for creating and preparing your own cover letter.

5 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop AGENDA What is a cover letter? What is the purpose of a cover letter. Contents of a cover letter? Why researching the company is so important. Customizing your cover letter.

6 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop WHAT IS A COVER LETTER?

7 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop A cover letter is a formal introduction to your resume and accompanies it when applying for a job. Cover Letter WorksheetCover Letter ExampleCover Letter Checklist

8 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A COVER LETTER?

9 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop Presents your interest, qualifications, and availability to the employer Its YOUR chance to make a good first impression

10 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop ACTIVITY BREAK Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Dos and Donts

11 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop A good cover letter will prompt an employer to look at your credentials. i.e., your resume A bad cover letter or no cover letter is enough to cause an employer to move on to the next applicant.

12 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop TYPES OF COVER LETTERS Letter of ApplicationCover Letter InquiryT-Zone Cover Letter

13 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop CONTENTS OF A COVER LETTER Headings Salutation/Greeting Opening paragraph Middle paragraph Closing paragraph Yours Truly/Sincerely Signature and enclosure

14 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop TARGETTING YOUR COVER LETTER Tell the employer why you would be valuable to the company, how you can deliver results. Back up your skills with accomplishment statements relating to the position and companys goals from your past experiences.

15 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop TARGETTING YOUR COVER LETTER Address the letter to a specific reader Include your objective, accomplishments, and your interest in the position. This shows you took the time to read and learn about the position.

16 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop ACTIVITY BREAK Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Building Cards

17 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop HEADINGS Your Heading Name Address City, Province, Postal Code Phone number Date Companies Heading Name of Employer Title of Employer Name of Organization Address City, Province, Postal Code Cover LetterExamples of Branding

18 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop SALUTATIONS/GREETING Preferred Salutations Dear Mr. Dear Mrs. Dear Ms. Dear Dr. Dear Sir or Madam Alternate Salutations Attention: Personal Manager Attention: Name of Organization Representative Do not use To Whom It May Concern Cover Letter

19 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop COVER LETTER OPENING The position you are applying for and the competition number if given Where you saw the posting. Include name and date of publication If you were referred for the position, give the name of that person Express your interest for the position

20 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop OPENING EXAMPLE Please accept my resume in response to the posting for the position of Cashier with ABC Company located in the Vancouver Sun on February 1, Having been a long time customer of ABC Company and knowing your products and services are ones I can proudly stand behind, I was excited at the prospect of joining your team. As you will see my experience and qualifications are a perfect fit for the position.

21 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop OPENING EXAMPLE Our Mutual friend, Mr. John Marley suggested I contact you to inquire about possible openings in ABC Company for a Front Line Manager position, as he thought strongly that my experience and qualifications would be an excellent fit for your organization. Cover Letter

22 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop COVER LETTER BODY Why you are suited for the job How your skills and qualifications match the specific job requirements listed in the add Include related experience, training, and attributes Try to list at least 2 examples

23 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop RESEARCH THE COMPANY What makes that company/organization Why are they there? Hiring trends/employment needs The companies history Desired qualifications and skills General job information

24 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop BODY CONTINUE TELL THE READER: What makes you well suited to the job or company How your values, work ethic, skills align with the mission, vision and values of the organization. Talk about why you are the right type of person for this job/team or company Clearly explain how you are the missing piece in their employee puzzle. Focus on the EMPLOYER

25 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop BODY EXAMPLE I am confident that my experience along with my educational background and commitment to professional excellence will enable me to serve both you and your clients/customers well.

26 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop BODY EXAMPLE I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I am a reliable, and energetic individual who enjoys interacting with others. I take pride in building strong customer relationships, and I am client focused. I have been recognized as being honest, responsible, and self motivated. I enjoy working in a fast paced environment and thrive on contributing to a team. I am confident that my positive attitude, excellent interpersonal skills, and honesty will fulfill the requirements of this position. Cover Letter

27 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop CLOSING PARAGRAPH Restate your interest in the position and mention how you will be an asset to the company State your interest in meeting with the employer for an interview to discuss your skills and passion in person List your contact information and when you can be reached to book your interview Include your home phone number, cell number and or address. Include an action/next step informing the employer you will be in contact with them.

28 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop EXAMPLES I would welcome the chance to meet with you to discuss how my qualifications will exceed your expectations. I can provide excellent references upon request. I can b e reached at or by at I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and I would like to thank you for taking the time to consider my resume. I am looking forward to meeting with you to discuss this employment opportunity. You can contact me at or by at

29 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop Best Better CLOSING PARAGRAPHS OK I look forward to hearing from you soon and having the opportunity to discuss my qualifications for the position I would like to thank you for taking the time to consider my resume. I am looking forward to meeting with you to discuss this employment opportunity. You can contact me at or by at I would welcome the chance to meet with you to discuss how my qualifications will exceed your expectations. I can provide excellent references upon request. I can be reached at or by at I will follow up with a phone call next week to discuss things further. Cover Letter

30 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop COMMPLEMTARY CLOSINGS Yours Truly Sincerely Respectfully

31 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop EXAMPLES Yours Truly, B Barista Barbara Barista Enclosure: Resume Sincerely, B Barista Barbara Barista Enclosure: Resume Cover Letter

32 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop FINAL THOUGHTS Know and understand what the employer is looking for in their applicants Research the company, visit there website, know there mission statement Speak to current employees, if possible

33 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop Any Questions???

34 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop CHECK OUT Closing Activity Feedback Forms Resource Packages THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!

35 Copyright 2008 – Pacific Community Resources Cover Letter Workshop


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