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Cover Letter Basics
 
Cover Letter Format:

Cover letters can be used to compliment your resume. Their purpose is to add value in explaining how your experiences and skills are a fit with the job to which you are applying for. Below is a sample cover letter format that you can use as a tool to help you create strong cover letters.

SAMPLE:

Your Street Address
City, Province, Postal Code
Phone Number
Email Address

Date

Employer Contact Information (if you have it)
Company Name
Address
City, Province,
Postal Code

Salutation
Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name, (leave out if you don't have a contact)

Body of Cover Letter
To let the employer know what position you are applying for
Why the employer should select you for an interview
How you will follow-up

First Paragraph
Why you are writing
The position you are applying for and where you found the job listing
Something to arouse Interest – ex. name of a mutual contact or if you have specific training or experience that would be    relevant to the position

Middle Paragraph
What you have to offer to the employer in terms of skills/qualifications
   -- customize each cover letter to match the skills/qualifications that are required for the job that you are applying for
Provide examples/explanations of when you successfully used these skills/qualifications
   -- use the STAR formula to explain your points (Situation, Task, Action, Result)
In this paragraph make sure you are interpreting your resume and not repeating it

Closing Paragraph
Thank the employer for considering you for the position
Mention that your resume is attached for their review
Let them know that you look forward to hearing back from them about this position

Complementary Close
Best regards,

Signature

Your first and last name


COVER LETTER RULES OF THUMB:

1. Research the company and position
    Referring to something about the company shows you are really interested

2. Tailor your letter
    Highlight skills you have that are a requirement for the position

3. Keep it short and simple
    Concise and to the point (max of 1 – 3 sentences per paragraph)
    Simple, direct language (reflect your individuality but always maintain professionalism)
    Positive and enthusiastic tone
    Minimal use of personal pronouns

4. Support your claims with accomplishments
    Add value through touching on highlights from your resume, but be careful not to repeat it

5. Always check for spelling and grammar

 
 
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