TIP SHEET THE COVER LETTER GRADUATE STUDIES by fionan

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									Successful letters focus on the employer’s requirements; generic or vague letters are rarely successful. To
effectively target your skills and experience in the cover letter, you need to know what the organization is seeking.
Carefully read the advertisement to identify what skills the employer needs. Look at the “qualifications” section and
the job duties to identify specifics skills.




    •   Determine how your skills meet their needs
    •   Focus on what you offer the organization and not what the position will give you
    •   Provide specific, concrete examples to demonstrate relevant skills
    •   Mention industry trends/company products


1. Targeting a Specific Job Description

    •   List all position requirements and desirable skills. Identify skills and experiences from your background that
        match these requirements. Select the three most relevant of these to include in your cover letter
    •   Learn to read between the lines; many skills can be inferred from the type of industry and description of the
        work environment, while others may be clearly stated
    •   To learn how best to target to your specific discipline, refer to the cover letter tip sheet for your respective
        faculty


2. Targeting a Specific Type of Work When There is No Advertisement

    •   Develop your general list of skills relevant to the type of work desired (e.g: research)
    •   Revise your skill list keeping the company’s specific requirements and desirable attributes in mind




Use a business letter format including: your address, company address, date, salutation or re: line (DO NOT put “To
Whom it May Concern” or “Dear Sir/Madam”). The body of the letter should be three or four paragraphs in length.
Close with “Yours truly”, type your name under the signature and have “Encl” under your typed name. Keep your
sentences concise.

Opening:
   • Vary the way you begin sentences. Avoid beginning with the letter “I”, and use “I” sparingly throughout
   • The first paragraph should include the position for which you are applying, how you heard of the
      opportunity, why you are interested in the position, the company and that your résumé is attached
   • Mention the name of someone who referred you, if this is the case
The Sell:
   • The second and third paragraphs are the “sell”. It defines the education, skills and abilities you can provide
       as they relate to the company requirements on the job posting
   • Provide specific examples to support your skills
   • Quantify everything you can to add objectivity


Closing:
   • The fourth paragraph thanks them for their consideration of your application and invites them to contact you
       for an interview
   • Reiterate your enthusiasm about working for their organization

                                                         !"#       ##


 Your Address
 ______________
 ______________


 Date

 Employer Address
 _______________
 _______________


 Salutation: Dear _____ OR Re:________


 Opening
 Paragraph__________________________________________________________________________
 ___________________________________________________________________________________
 _______________________


 The Sell
 Paragraph(s)________________________________________________________________________
 ___________________________________________________________________________________
 ___________________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________

       ____________________________________________________________________________
 ___________________________________________________________________________________
 ______________________________________________________________________________


 Closing
 Paragraph__________________________________________________________________________
 ___________________________________________________________________________________
 _____________________



 Yours truly,

 (Your signature)

 Your name typed
 Encl.

								
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