Covering Letters What Is A Covering Letter? Your letter of introduction An outline of the best reasons an employer should consider you for an interview Tailor Your Covering Letter Form letters are impersonal and unprofessional-- hardly features of a valued employee. Use the verbs and adjectives that the company uses in its ads and company documents. Use Business Letter Format Use full block (all sections left justified). Create your own letterhead. Use polite, concise, confident, concrete language. Follow principles of visual appeal The Covering Letter Generally, the body Part 1 of a covering letter – attracts reader has three parts. 3 interest 2 Part 2 – establishes your superiority 1 Part 3 – requests an interview Part 1 Your Broadcast Names the position and how you heard about it Announces one or two of the qualifications that you can provide Uses the descriptive words favoured by the company One paragraph of only 2-3 sentences Part 2 Establish Your Superiority Elaborate on the qualities outlined in Paragraph 1 and present others that suit you for the position. Use strong action verbs and concrete examples. Use confident language. Accentuate the positive without bragging. Part 2 Establish Your Superiority Acknowledge lack I’m confident my of hands-on academic training has prepared experience by me for this position. omission rather than by pointing it out. – Highlight strengths that make up for what is lacking. Part 2 Establish Your Superiority Provide a brief explanation for gaps in employment history. – Left to guess, the recruiter will likely guess incorrectly Part 2 Establish Your Superiority This part of the letter This candidate is generally 2-3 sounds awesome! paragraphs of 3-4 sentences each. Uses the descriptive words favoured by the company to outline what you can do for them… NOT what they can do for you. Part 3 Your Interview Request Remember the purpose of the letter--to get an interview. Politely ask for one. Provide a phone number, list availability. One 2-3 sentence paragraph. Autograph Your Letter With Excellence Your covering letter is your personal introduction. It represents your commitment to attention to detail, correctness, and professionalism. I meant to proofread... Errors in spelling and grammar ensure that your résumé will be discarded. An example Don’t do this: I was very interested to see your advertisement for a Systems Developer in the Edmonton Journal on January 10, 2007. I have been seeking just such an opportunity as this, and I think my background and your requirements may be a good match. My resume is enclosed for your review. Instead, do this: I was very interested to see your advertisement for a Systems Developer in the Edmonton Journal on January 10, 2007. My extensive background in the oil and gas industry coupled with my recent diploma in Computer Systems Technology will allow me to develop functional solutions that meet the unique needs of your preferred customers.