COVER LETTERSMore often than not, when you send your resume for a job posting, it should be accompanied by a well written cover letter. Done properly, it should capture the interest of the reader and make him/her anxious to read your resume. A good resume is one that focuses on the needs of the employer and highlights those experiences, skills, education, and qualities that make you the ideal candidate. A strong cover letter does the same thing, only in the more conversational tone that a letter would have. Cover letters have three parts: a brief opening paragraph that introduces you and what you are looking for; a middle section that talks about why you are the right person for the job; and a closing paragraph that calls for action. Here is a template: Dear Mr. (or Ms.) last name: (or) Dear Prospective Employer: (if no name is known) Start your letter with a grabber –a statement that establishes a connection with your reader, a probing question, or a quotable quote. Briefly say what job you are applying for. The mid-section of your letter should be one or two short paragraphs that make convincing points about your qualifications. You may incorporate a bullet-point format here. Your last paragraph should initiate action by explaining what you will do next (e.g., call the employer) or should instigate the reader to contact you to set up an interview. Close by saying “thank you.”Sincerely, Before you start your letter, look closely at the job description and note what the employer is looking for. Here is a sample job description: American Cancer Society Position: Information Representative Job Description Handles high volume inbound customer calls to the National Cancer Information Center.