Types of Cover Letters
Cover Letter Basics
This presentation will cover the fundamentals of creating a cover letter for your resume.
Use an application letter in order to get your resume read by a potential employer, as you apply to a specific job posting. Clearly demonstrate how your skills and experience match the qualifications of the position.
Use a prospecting letter when you are interested in working within a particular organization or company, but you haven't seen position openings that relate to your area. Make sure to address your letter to a specific person. Demonstrate your knowledge of the organization by describing how your qualifications and skills would contribute to their work environment.
The networking letter is used to generate an informational interview with a specific person, usually based upon a referral.
Tips for Writing an Effective Cover Letter
- Use a standard business format
- In the first paragraph, state the position you are applying for, how you found out about it, and why you are interested in the position and the employer
- In the second paragraph, write about your strongest qualifications for the position. Be specific and use examples. Make the connection between your skills, your background, and the position.
- In the third paragraph, ask for an interview, give your contact information, and thank the reader for his or her time and consideration. If you plan to follow up with a phone call, clearly indicate when you will be in contact with the person.