How To Write A Cover Letter
Things to keep in mind ....
- Keep it short, sweet, and to the point. There is rarely any reason a cover letter should be over a page in length.
- However, there is nothing worse than cramming too much on a single page. Keep your margins at one inch, keep your font size comfortable to the reader (11 or 12 point, depending on the style of font) -- then go to two pages only if you absolutely have to.
- Letters that are strictly formal are BORING! Try to put as much of your personality into your use of language as you can.
- Do some research on the company before you write the letter, then use that information to your advantage. For example, if a company has been in the news recently, tell about how this made an impact on you.
- Nobody can proofread his/her own work immediately after writing it. You know what it's supposed to say, so you read it that way. Put the letter away for a day or so, then look at it again with a fresh eye to see what kind of impression it makes.
- Have a friend review the letter before you send it off.
SAMPLE COVER LETTER
Wile E. Coyote
307 SW Roadrunner Terrace
Shiprock, NM 98765
Dear Mr. Runner:
COMPANY NAME (all caps)
City, State ZIP
ATTN: Mr. R. Runner
BRIEFLY INTRODUCE YOURSELF. ALWAYS MENTION BY NAME IF SOMEONE REFERRED YOU.
TELL WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT YOU -- WHAT WILL DISTINGUISH YOU FROM THE OTHER JOB APPLICANTS.
TELL WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT THIS JOB (BE VERY SPECIFIC) AND WHY YOU WOULD BE A GOOD MATCH TO THIS POSITION.
MAKE SURE TO MENTION IF THERE IS ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR ON YOUR RESUME THAT POINTS UP TO YOUR APPLICABLE SKILLS/EXPERIENCES, AND GO INTO MORE DETAIL THAN IS INCLUDED ON YOUR RESUME.
ADD ANYTHING NOT ON YOUR RESUME THAT NEEDS TO BE POINTED OUT.
INCLUDE A CLOSING PARAGRAPH:
- THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE A MEETING, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT (123) 456-7890,
- THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION. I WILL BE CALLING YOU NEXT WEEK TO SCHEDULE A MEETING AT YOUR CONVENIENCE.
Wile E. Coyote
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