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Career Services Sample Cover Letter Dear Ms. Lemke: (don't use Mrs. even if you know she's married) Introductory Paragraph: This is the Attention Grabber. Show enthusiasm to arouse the reader’s interest. When you are applying for a specific internship or job, note the position title and the name and date of the vacancy listing. If you saw the listing on CSO, list that information as well. If applicable, give the person's name that referred you to the organization. Most introductory paragraphs are short, so be brief and clear. Middle Paragraph: This is the Sales Pitch. It is the longest of your paragraphs. Present specific skills, education, and/or experience that make you an attractive candidate for the position. Highlight special skills that are relevant to the job description. Prove that you know the company by directly referencing how your skills and experience match the position. Final Paragraph: This is the Request for Action. Be proactive and ASK for an interview or a meeting to discuss how your skills might assist the employer. Offer to provide more information (e.g. samples of your work, more details of your past experience or education, etc.). You may ask the employer to call you, or you can take the lead and indicate that you will call. Provide your telephone number and email address with the best times to contact you. Thank the employer for his/her time and consideration. Sincerely, Alicia Sanchez Special Note for email: When you email your application, use the cover letter as the body of the email. Then, copy & paste your resume at the bottom of the email message and also attach it as a Word or PDF document.
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