Presentation on theme: "Cover Letters Project Mentor New Jersey City University"— Presentation transcript:
1 Cover Letters Project Mentor New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJPartially funded by a grant from the NJ Commission on Higher Education
2 What Is a Cover Letter?A cover letter introduces you to a prospective employer, expresses your interest in and qualifications for a position.
3 What Does a Good Cover Letter Accomplish A good cover letter captures the reader’s interestIt begins the process of “selling” yourself to the prospective employerIt demonstrates your interest and knowledge of the company
4 Format No longer than one typed page Three Parts Why you are sending your resumeHow your qualifications match the jobConclusionBegin each paragraph with a clear topic sentence
5 Introductory Paragraph Your first paragraph should:Get the reader’s attentionStimulate interestBe appropriate for the job you are seekingMake your goal clear to readers
6 The Body Paragraphs Highlight your strongest qualifications Match qualifications to the position you are seekingDemonstrate how your skills and qualities will benefit the employerRefer to your enclosed resume for more detail
7 Use Clear Active Language ExamplesI organized and advertised a conference… Attendance increased by 25%Developed menus for members of a senior centerDesigned the web page for our local food bankUse concrete words to describe your experience and resultsUse present tense to discuss current activities and past tense for previous job duties or accomplishmentsBe as specific as possible in descriptions
8 Concluding Your Letter I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you, at your convenience, to discuss my qualifications and learn more about XYZ Company. You can reach me at the above address, phone numbers and . Thank you for considering me for the position of IT technician.Conclude by asking for a personal interviewBe flexible regarding a date and time for the interviewBe specific about how the interviewer should contact youInclude a thank you
9 Summary First Second Explain why you are sending a resume Tell how you learned about the position or the organization (a job posting at your school, a website, an individual who works at the organization)Convince the reader to look at your resumeSecondFocus on elements of your background (education, work experience, activities) that are relevant to a position you are seekingGive one or two specific examples. Indicate your positive qualities (attitude, personality, motivation, enthusiasm, and communication skills) Provide any information that was requested in the job posting that might not be covered in your resume (e.g. availability date or including a writing sample)
10 ThirdIndicate your desire for an interview“I look forward to hearing from you.“Say you will follow up“I will call your office in the next two weeks to see if you require any additional information regarding my qualifications."
11 Check List Proofread Use same paper as your resume Signature SpellingGrammarTyposUse same paper as your resumeGood letter qualityNo designs or colorsSignatureFull nameWrite neatlyMake sure both the resume and letter are enclosed
12 Additional Letter Writing Assistance NJCU Office of Academic Career Planning and Placement