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If you are applying for a job that requires you to submit a resume, you should include a cover letter with your resume and application.

The purpose of the cover letter is to:

  • introduce yourself to the employer;
  • indicate which position you are applying for;
  • explain why you are interested in that specific position;
  • direct their attention toward information on your resume that is of particular relevance to the position.

The following information can help you develop a cover letter that will impress any employer. Here are the guidelines for writing cover letters for the job.

Guidelines for writing cover letters:

  • Do your homework! Modify your letter to fit the company and its needs. Include any information appropriate to the job you are applying for.
  • Show concern, interest, and pride for your profession and your skills.
  • State briefly what is enclosed. If there are several items, list them. Keep the letter simple and to the point. Tell the truth. Don’t try to be overly friendly, but don’t be too remote either.
  • Include your telephone number or numbers where you can be contacted. When writing the letter, address the person you are sending it to, not to a title.
  • Indicate any response you are expecting from the company. Ask for the next step, such as an interview or some other meeting.
  • Cover letters that are sent to job search firms or employment agencies should include your current or expected salary if requested and note if you are willing to relocate.
  • Add relay information if you are deaf/ hard of hearing and your prospective employer is hearing. Be sure to briefly explain how to use the relay service.
  • Most importantly, your cover letter should not have any spelling or grammatical mistakes.

Strong cover letters refer to past experience using action verbs and identify specific accomplishments that will be of most interest to the employer.

Strong words you can use: Click on each word to get definitions and examples from WordNet 1.6 Vocabulary Helper.

Achieved

Advised

Assigned

Assisted

Budgeted

Classified

Composed

Conducted

Contributed

Controlled

Coordinated

Counseled

Created

Designed

Developed

Drafted

Edited

Facilitated

Founded

Guided

Improved

Increased

Interviewed

Introduced

Lectured

Led

Maintained

Managed

Mediated

Organized

Performed

Planned

Prepared

Presented

Processed

Produced

Programmed

Provided

Recruited

Researched

Scheduled

Supervised

Taught

Trained

Translated

Traveled

Upgraded

Worked

Wrote


Reference:

  • Sourced by Janel Muyesseroglu
  • Selected verbs from: Yate, M. (1997) Cover Letters That Knock’em Dead. Holbrook, Massachusetts: Adams Media Corporation.

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