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					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.

				
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