Cover letters - State the reason for writing and how you...

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Purpose of cover letters Initiate contact (for a variety of purposes) with. . An employer to introduce yourself and inquire about job or internship possibilities An employer to apply for a job or internship An alumnus, family or friend to ask for an informational interview A professor or former supervisor to request a letter of recommendation
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Must have in the cover letter Capture the employer’s(or reader’s interest) Invite the recipient to read your resume in depth Secure an interview (for information or employment purposes)
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Important considerations Cover letters should not be over one page No more than 3-4 paragraphs Presented in a professional letter format
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Anatomy of a Cover letter Opening paragraph - Introduction Middle paragraph – Sell yourself Closing paragraph – Be proactive
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Opening paragraph -Introduction
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Unformatted text preview: State the reason for writing and how you learned about the company If referred by someone, state that persons name Tailor your letter to suit the position and organization Middle paragraph Sell yourself Emphasize and elaborate on your strongest qualifications especially any the employer highlighted on their job description Indicate what you can do for the employer rather than what the employer can do for you Confidently state that you would be an asset to their organization Closing paragraph Be proactive! Thank them for their consideration Mention that you will follow-up with them in hopes of setting up an interview Indicate how an employer can contact you (phone, email) If you are doing a long distance search, indicate when you will be in the area to interview...
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