Presentation on theme: "Human Services Practicum"— Presentation transcript:
1 Human Services Practicum Cover LettersHuman Services Practicum
2 What is a Cover Letter? Cover Letter A letter of inquiry or introduction that introduces you to a prospective employerEVERY RESUME YOU SUBMIT SHOULD HAVE A MATCHING COVER LETTERIt is your first impressionHighlights your most important qualificationsEmphasizes how those qualifications can meet the employer’s needs
3 Why Write a Cover Letter? Essential part of the job searchCapture your future employer’s attention in a few linesExpress interest in the jobMake the reader want to know moreShow employers why and how your skills can be usefulDemonstrate your abilities
4 Three Types of Cover Letters Application Cover LetterApplicant responds to advertised openingProspecting Cover LetterApplicant asks about possible job openingsNetworking Cover LetterJob seeker contacts member of network to request information or assistance with the job search
5 What does a cover letter look like? Brief4-5 paragraphsNo more than one page
6 What to include in a cover letter? Your name, address and contact info at the topDateEmployers Name, title and addressSalutation
7 Other Possible Layouts Have your address formatted in the same font/style as your resume.
8 What to include in a cover letter? The OpeningIntroduce yourself and state your purposeMention the position you are applying forExplain how or where you heard about itWhy are you interested in the organizationState the type of job you are seeking (or use title from the job listing)Mention any earlier communicationsMention any networking contacts
9 Sample OpeningI am writing to express my interest in securing a __________ position with your company, in response to your job posting in the Commercial Appeal. I am currently employed as a _______________ at __________.I am interested in joining your team at the ________________ as a ______________. I believe that my experience with _______ will strongly benefit your company.
10 What to include in a cover letter? The Sales PitchHeart of your letterWhat do you have to offer?Why are you qualified for the job?2-4 descriptions of your capabilities and accomplishments that show you can handle the jobBe truthfulRefer to the job description or something you know about the organizations activitiesDemonstrates initiative and interest in companyWrite 1-3 short paragraphs or use a bulleted list to highlight the qualifications you want to emphasize
11 Sample Sales PitchAs a ____________, I come to you with a solid understanding of (job skills)I can offer your company ….With experiences in (previous jobs), I feel that my qualifications will match your requirements for the (list new job).Through my previous employment, I have learned to (job skills). I recently graduated from high school with a ____ GPA and will be continuing on to college to major in ______________.
12 What to include in a cover letter? The ClosingAsk for a meeting or an interview – NOT A JOBIndicate how and when you will follow upState that your resume is enclosedInclude a courteous sentence that expresses appreciation or thanks.
13 Sample ClosingMy resume is enclosed for your review. I would appreciate meeting with you to discuss the possibility of our working together. I will call you on Thursday to check on your availibility, or you may reach me at I would welcome the opportunity to contribute to the exceptional community outreach efforts of the Department of Disease prevention. Thank you for your consideration.
14 Cover Letter Tips Don’t duplicate the wording in your resume Be positive – BRAG ON YOURSELFWrite clearly and conciselyDon’t use overblown or empty words to describe your abilities.Be truthfulEmphasize your skills as a team playerIncorporate specialized terminologyDo your research on the organization/jobRead the letter aloud
15 Bad Cover LetterNever express disinterest in current job or mention salaries.
16 Customize the ContentEvery cover letter MUST be customized for the job and company you are interested in.Have a master cover letter then add details to personalize it to match the job title, job objectives and requirements.
17 EDIT, EDIT, EDITCheck the letter thoroughly to be sure it is typo free and information is accurate.Writing cover letters can take timeLet someone else read your cover letter who will give you honest criticism.
18 Address the Letter Appropriately Use Ms. For a woman.Never address your cover letter “To Whom It May Concern”FIND THE PERSON’S NAMECall the target employer and get the name of person in human resourcesSearch the organizations website for contact informationLast resort, send cover letter and resume to Hiring Manager, Department Head or Human Resources Department.
19 Cover LettersIf you are ing your attached resume, a cover letter type message will be included in the body of the .