How To Write A Cover Letter COVER LETTER

Things to keep in mind ....

  1. Keep it short, sweet, and to the point. There is rarely any reason a cover letter should be over a page in length.

  2. 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.

  3. Letters that are strictly formal are BORING! Try to put as much of your personality into your use of language as you can.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Have a friend review the letter before you send it off.

SAMPLE COVER LETTER


Wile E. Coyote
307 SW Roadrunner Terrace
Shiprock, NM 98765
(123) 456-7890
e-mail: coyote@aol.com




DATE

Name, Title
Department
COMPANY NAME (all caps)
Address
City, State ZIP

ATTN: Mr. R. Runner

Re: Job Title, Source of Job Listing/Publication, Date Ad Listing Appeared
Dear Mr. 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:

  1. 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,
    --OR--
  2. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION. I WILL BE CALLING YOU NEXT WEEK TO SCHEDULE A MEETING AT YOUR CONVENIENCE.

Sincerely,


Wile E. Coyote


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