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Cover Letter Pointers
Cover Letter Do’s and Don’ts
Creating Your Cover Letter
   Examples of an OPENING PARAGRAPH
   Examples of THIRD PARAGRAPH
The “Application” or “Cover Letter”
How To Write A Cover Letter
How to Type a Cover Letter

Cover Letter Pointers

Did you Know…
“that experts tell us that the average adult attention span when reading is only 8 seconds. That means you have the time it takes your heart to beat 12 times to capture the reader’s attention."
       (Cited from: “The Kingston Whig Standard” –Cauleen Viscoff and Gloria Whitfield – la Boss)

  • to introduce the applicant to the reader
  • to reveal your ability to articulate and communicate clearly
  • to capture the reader’s interest
  • to promote the applicant’s characteristics such as: desire, enthusiasm, and interest in the position
  • to create enough curiosity in the reader so that the resume is read
  • to address the person or people responsible for receiving the cover letter and resume
  • organize the cover letter logically using the following format; introduction, body of the letter and closing paragraph
  • follow the correct format for creating the cover letter
  • use the same font style for both the cover letter and resume
  • send an original letter; not copies that look mass produced
  • focus your letter and tailor your information to the position applied for
  • ensure the cover letter is clean, concise, clearly written and error free
  • include your return address, date, inside address, salutation, and reference number or position title (if required). Refer to: How to Write a Cover Letter
Introductory or First paragraph
  • Indicate where and when you saw the ad and the position applied for
  • May also indicate your interest
  • May also reference your resume
  • A recent grad may also indicate certificate, diploma or degree(s) granted (E.g. As a recent graduate from St. Mary’s University, with a degree in Journalism, I am eager to begin a career as a reporter for the Journal News.)
Second Paragraph (Get to the point here and strut your stuff!)
(Refer to:How to Type a Cover Letter.)
  • May reference past work experience that is relevant to the position
  • May mention accomplishments or achievements
  • May include skills or abilities acquired through practical experience
  • May include soft skills or characteristics to show your desire, innovation, and creative ability for example
  • Could bullet your skills that match the job requirements
  • Provide a match-up column where you identify the requirements of the prospective employer in one column and how your skills match up in an adjacent column
Third Paragraph (This could be a closing paragraph or may also be part of the body of the letter where you are discussing further relevant experience.)
  • May expand on additional qualifications that are pertinent to the position but not that obvious in the Resume
  • May note special qualifications or other relevant experience that enhances your application for the position
  • May be an opportunity to express how past experience is relevant and how you can meet the requirements of the position

Fourth Paragraph (There may be a fourth paragraph, but this is not always the case. However, should the cover letter contain a 4th paragraph, then it would be the closing paragraph.)

  • You may express your keen interest in the position
  • Request an interview but not inconveniencing the prospective employer
  • State where or how you can be reached
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Did You Know?
Overtime pay is at least one and one half times the employee's regular rate of pay. (This is often called, "time and a half.")
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