Cover Letter Tips

General Model for a Cover Letter

A cover letter allows you to personalize your resume when it is sent to prospective employers in response to advertisements or to inquire about possible interviews. The letter’s main purpose is to advertise your strengths and assets in a way that would interest employers in interviewing you. It is also useful in that it can save valuable time by enabling you to visit only the most promising prospects or helping you avoid places where there is no interest in you as a prospective employee.

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General Model for a Cover Letter

Your mailing address
Date

Contact’s name
Contact’s title
Company
Company’s mailing address

Dear Mr./Ms.________________:

Immediately explain why your background makes you the best candidate for the position that you are applying for. Describe what prompted you to write (want to ad, article you read about the company, networking contact, etc.). Keep the first paragraph short and hard-hitting.

Detail what you could contribute to this company. Show how your qualifications will benefit this firm. Describe your interest in the corporation. Subtly emphasizing your knowledge about this firm and your familiarity with the industry will set you apart from other candidates. Remember to keep this letter short; few recruiters will read a cover letter longer than half a page.

If possible, your closing paragraph should request a specific action on the part of the reader. Include your phone number and the hours when you can be reached. Mention that if you do not hear from the reader by a specific date, you will follow up with a phone call. Lastly, thank the reader for their time, consideration, etc.

Sincerely,

(signature)

Your full name (typed)

Enclosure (use this if there are materials, such as your resume, that are included in the same envelop)


General Model for a Thank You Letter

A Thank You letter is a great way to reinforce your interest in a particular position. Many potential employers will give preferential consideration to those candidates who provide them. This is an excellent opportunity to reinforce why you are both interested and qualified for the role you interviewed for. In addition, the ‘Thank You’ letter can address any important qualifications and/or experience you may have forgotten to mention during the interview.

As a rule, Thank You letters should be sent within 24 hours of the interview.

 

Your mailing address
Date

Contact’s name
Contact’s title
Company
Company’s mailing address

Dear Mr./Ms.________________:

Remind the interviewer of the reason (i.e. a specific opening, an informational interview, etc.) you were interviewed, as well as the date. Thank him/her for the interview, and try to personalize your thanks by mentioning some specific aspect of the interview.

Confirm your interest in the organization (and in the opening, if you were interviewing for a particular position). Use specifics to re-emphasize that you have researched the firm in detail and have considered how you would fit into the company and the position. This is a good time to say anything you wish you had said in the initial meeting. Be sure to keep this letter brief; a half-page is plenty.

If appropriate, close with a suggestion for further actions, such as a desire to have an additional interview, if possible. Mention your phone number and the hours that you can be reached. Alternatively, you may prefer to mention that you will follow up with a phone call in several days. Once again, thank the person for meeting with you, and state that you would be happy to provide any additional information about your qualifications.

Sincerely,

(signature)

Your full name (typed)