Career Services Cover Letter

Career Services Cover Letter - accompanying resume but...

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1. General Outline for a Cover Letter (Courtesy of GMU Career Services) Modified Block Format Applicant's Address Date of letter Employer Name/Title Organization Name Street Address City, State Zip Code Salutation: (make every attempt to use the name of the individual receiving this letter) Opening Paragraph : Catch the employer's interest. State the purpose of your letter (e.g., applying for specific known opening or expressing an interest in that particular organization). If available, use a referral name and strong beginning sentence showing the benefits to the firm if he or she reads further. Middle Paragraph(s) : Highlight your knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to that particular organization and/or the specifics of the known opening (e.g., why you are interested and how you are qualified). This part should not be a repeat of your
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Unformatted text preview: accompanying resume but rather a careful selection of those qualifications that will be of greatest interest to the employer. Demonstrate your research and resulting knowledge of the organization and your selection of it as a place where your skills and knowledge can make a contribution. Be confident and remember that the reader will view the letter as an example of your writing skills. Final Paragraph : If not mentioned previously, refer the reader to the enclosed resume. Ask for a personal interview and state how and when you may be contacted for the interview. Reiterate your interest in the organization and thank the employer for considering your qualifications. Complimentary close, ( Leave 4 blank spaces and sign your name ) Typed Name Enclosure...
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