Tips for Preparing Cover Letters
A cover letter is an important part of your application
submittal. It gives employers an opportunity to evaluate your ability to
communicate. They'll be reading to see:
- Do you
know the proper form for a business letter?
you string together coherent sentences?
you able to express yourself well on paper?
Here are some things to consider when putting your cover
cover letter should draw employers to your resume.
clutter it with needless facts.
it brief; no employer wants to read your life's history.
it to the position and company to which you are applying; in other words,
a cover letter shouldn't be "canned."
by explaining why you are writing to this person and where you heard about
the job opening. You should include something like "Your job
announcement on govtjob.net. caught my attention."
sure to say why you think you would be a good match for the position. If
the advertisement lists several traits or skills the employer wants to see
in job applicants, refer to those skills in your letter and say how you
traits that will set you apart from other candidates.
the employer to your resume. You may include a phrase, such as:
"During your review of my resume, you may note that my background
contains the qualifications and experience you are looking for." This
will be a way to reinforce that your qualifications match the job profile.
in a business-like but not overly formal manner; use your own wording.
be too pushy. While it is acceptable to state that you are looking forward
to meeting the recruiter to explore the position in a personal interview,
dont be presumptuous or state that you will contact the person to arrange
the person for his/her time and attention to your application.
to sign your cover letter.
"enclosure" or "enc." two lines after your signature
because your resume is enclosed.
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