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Specific Types of Cover Letters
- Letter of inquiry: letter written about opportunities or request general information about a company.
- Letter of application: letter written to apply for a position within the company.
- Use block or modified block business letter format; keep the wording professional.
- Send each letter to a specific person; make it personal.
- Individualize the letter by incorporating information you have acquired through researching the company; do not use a form letter.
- Laser print the letter on high quality paper that matches your resume.
Purpose of a Cover Letter
- Gives you the opportunity to convince an employer to read your resume.
- Allows you to express your interest and enthusiasm in the position and the possibility of working for the company.
- Enables you to target your resume and highlight your transferable skills.
- Strengthens your chances of securing interviews.
- Demonstrates your written communication skills.
Parts of a Cover Letter
- Briefly give some background information about yourself.
- Be sure to capture the employer's interest in the first few sentences.
- If sending a letter of application: state the specific job title of the position for which you are applying and mention how you heard about the job opening.
- If sending a letter of inquiry: specify your reason for writing; indicate if you are inquiring about employment opportunities and indicate your knowledge and/or interest in the organization.
- Mention how your career plans, skills, education, and/or experience are relevant to the position and/or how they coincide with the organization's needs.
- Highlight your strengths and qualifications. Use specific examples to provide evidence of skills, experiences, and accomplishments.
- Make a good first impression; this is your chance to sell yourself!
- Avoid restating your resume.
- Indicate what actions you would like to happen next.
- State your desire for a personal interview, if that is your intention.
- Express your appreciation for the employer's time and consideration.
The Next Step
Be sure to contact the organization within 2-3 weeks. This is to ensure they have received your materials and it will remind them of your interest in their organization.