Cover Letter

 

Cover Letters Should Include:

  • Always include your resume with your cover letter.
  • Explain why you are sending your resume for this position.
  • Be clear and concise about what your purpose is for applying at the company. For example, are you seeking full-time employment or a temporary position?
  • Be specific about where you learned of the position or company. This could be a search engine, job opportunity website or family member.
  • Since the cover letter will be the first document the company will see, grab your readers attention in the first paragraph. Write the position you are applying for and why you are a good fit for that position.
  • Call attention to relevant professional past experiences; be as specific as possible, using examples.
  • Reflect your professional skills that fit in with the position you are applying for - attitude, personality, motivation, enthusiasm, and communication skills.
  • Indicate what you will do to follow-up – a phone call in three days or an email. This is very crucial because it sets the expectation that you will follow up directly. See more information below:
In a letter of application — applying for an advertised job opening, applicants often write: "I look forward to hearing from you soon." However, if you have further contact info (e.g. phone number) and if the employer hasn't said "no phone calls," it's better to take the initiative to follow-up by writing: "I will contact you in the next two weeks to see if you require any additional information regarding my qualifications."
In a letter of inquiry — asking about the possibility of an opening — write: "I will contact you in two weeks to learn more about upcoming employment opportunities with (name of company)."

 

Cover Letter Format Guidelines:

Cover letters generally fall into one of two categories:

  • Letter of application: applying for a advertised job opening.
  • Letter of inquiry: expressing interest in company, but you are not certain if there are current openings.

 

Sample Letter

The guidelines here apply to both hard copy correspondence and e-mail; select the one most preferable by the company you are applying to. The main difference between e-mail and hard copy correspondence is format:

  • EMAIL: your signature block (name,address, etc.) goes below your name in e-mail.

HARD COPY: your signature block goes at the top of the page on hard copy. Also, be sure to include your personal signature at the bottom of your hard copy cover letter.

 

Share Your Cover Letter and Help Others:

Our objective is to help everyone that is looking for a job find one, especially in these hard economic times. We want to collect proven cover letters to help every person in every job field find the kind of job they are seeking. If you would like to share your cover letter, please email it to us and we will post it on the site. You can send us as many types of cover letters as you like.

How to submit your cover letter:

  1. Edit your cover letter contact information so it doesn't show your real information (you can use James Sample, 123 Sample Blvd, Sample City, State 98765)
  2. Name your document with the appropriate job title (e.g. Senior-Electrical-Engineer.doc)
  3. Send an email to contact us with your cover letter attached.

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