Writing an effective Cover Letter
At the end of this lesson students should be able to:
State three main purposes of a cover letter.
Discuss three guidelines of writing an effective cover letter.
Outline the main structure of a cover letter.
Develop an effective cover letter.
The Cover Letter
The cover letter accompanies your resume and its purposes are to:
demonstrate a match between the employer's needs and your qualities;
demonstrate your knowledge of the organization and why you would be a good "fit" if hired; and,
showcase your communication skills, writing ability, and writing style.
Cover Letter Guidelines
Single space your letter; double space between paragraphs.
Use a business letter format.
Keep your paragraphs brief and relevant.
Tailor your letter to the position and company.
Show how your qualifications match the job duties and company goals.
Proofread your letter carefully and ask one or two others to proofread it as well.
Cover Letter Structure
The opening paragraph: catch the employer's attention and state what position you are applying for and why.
The middle paragraph: develop your theme by providing specific examples of your qualifications.
The last paragraph: close by requesting an interview and providing contact information.
Writing an effective
General Tips & Sample Letter
Cover Letter Sample
Pinterest. (2020). Cover Letter Job Application. Retrieved from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/417357090468144691/
Resume Genius. (2020). Front Desk Cover Letter Example. Retrieved from https://resumegenius.com/cover-letter-examples/front-desk-cover-letter-sample
Study.com (2020). The Cover Letter: Importance, Details and Format. Retrieved from https://study.com/academy/lesson/the-cover-letter-importance-details-format.html
The Balance Careers. (n.d.) Top 10 Cover Letter Writing Tips – Advice for Writing a Top Notch Cover Letter for a Job. Retrieved from https://www.thebalancecareers.com/top-cover-letter-writing-tips-2060304
The Cover Letter accompanies your ______________.
True or False
Your cover letter shows whether or not you are a good fit for the organization.
True or False
The cover letter showcases your personal style.
True or False
One of the main purposes of a cover letter is to demonstrate a match between the employer's needs and your wants.
Complete the following:
Three guidelines in writing an effective cover letter are
Check all that apply.
The main parts of a cover letter are:
Complete the following sentence:
In the _____________________ you develop your theme by providing specific examples of your qualifications.
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