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Cover letters and Business letters 2009 12 Peiling Hsia
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Contents: Cover letter Guide to basic business letters
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Cover letter (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/723/03/ )
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What Is a Cover Letter? A cover letter introduces you and your resume to potential employers or organizations you seek to join (non-profits, educational institutions, etc). It is the first document an employer sees, so it is often the first impression you will make . Take advantage of this important first impression and prepare the reader for your application, stating why you are writing, why you are a good match for the job and the organization, and when you will contact him or her. Cover letters do more than introduce your resume, though. A cover letter's importance also includes its ability to: Explain your experiences in a story-like format that works with the information provided in your resume. Allow you to go in-depth about important experiences/skills and relate them to job requirements. Show the employer that you are individualizing this job application . Provide a sample of your written communication skills.
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Formatting your cover letter Your cover letter should convey a professional message . Of course, the particular expectations of a professional format depend on the organization you are looking to join. For example, an accounting position at a legal firm will require a more traditional document format. A position as an Imagineer at Disney might require a completely different approach. Again, a close audience analysis of the company and the position will yield important information about the document expectations. Let the organization's communications guide your work.
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For this example, we are using a traditional approach to cover letters: Single-space your cover letter Leave a space between each paragraph Leave 3 spaces between your salutation (such as "Sincerely" or "Sincerely Yours") and typed name Leave a space between your heading (contact information) and greeting (such as, "Dear Mr. Roberts") Either align all paragraphs to the left of the page, or indent the first line of each paragraph to the right Use standard margins for your cover letter, such as one-inch margins on all sides of the document Center your letter in the middle of the page ; in other words, make sure that the space at the top and bottom of the page is the same Sign your name in ink between your salutation and typed name
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What do I include in my cover letter heading? The heading provides your contact information, the date you are writing, and the address of the company to which you are applying. For your contact information, you will want to include the following: Your name The address where you can be reached Phone number Fax number (if applicable) E-mail address Then, you will skip a line and write the full date ( month, day, year ). Follow this by skipping a space and writing the contact information for the person to whom you
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2012 for the course EECS 101 taught by Professor Hero during the Spring '11 term at National Taipei University.

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