Presentation on theme: "COVER LETTERS What is a Cover Letter? Main goal is an interview and ultimately, a job offer Main purpose of cover letter - gain an attentive audience."— Presentation transcript:
What is a Cover Letter? Main goal is an interview and ultimately, a job offer Main purpose of cover letter - gain an attentive audience for your resume A cover letter should always accompany your resume Links your qualifications to the specific requirements of the job
Cover Letter Outline INTRODUCTION MAIN BODY/DISCUSSION CONCLUSION
INTRODUCTION Purpose Name a specific position you would like to interview for with a specific company. Scope How did you learn about the position? Why do you want this position? Why do you want to work for this company? What do you know about this position?
INTRODUCTION cont’d Overview Use scope to lead into qualifications. Identify main areas of your qualifications to lead into your discussion.
MAIN BODY/DISCUSSION Tell about your special skills Discuss only what qualifies you for this position Tailor you experiences to the position Refer the reader to your resume Sell yourself, your experience, knowledge, character, and desire to work for this company
CONCLUSION Purpose Ask for an interview Summary Confirm your interest in working for this company Tell them how to reach you and when you are available
CONCLUSION cont’d Close Add a thank you for their time and consideration Sign your name in ink (Use the name you go by in your resume) Add enclosure for your resume and references list
Cover Letter Details Introduction – one paragraph Main Body/Discussion – one or two paragraphs Conclusion – one paragraph Be sure to check the spelling and grammar used Margins should be no less than one inch on all four sides Paragraphs should be single-spaced with double spacing between paragraphs Font Style/Size – Times New Roman (12-14)
Cover Letters Must Include Return address (your address) Date Inside address (recipient’s information) Salutation / Greeting (followed by a comma) Body (what you have to say) Complimentary close (followed by a comma) Typed Name Signature (handwritten)
DUE DATES Final Draft Resume – 9/28 Cover Letter – 9/28