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Cover Letter Help and How To

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What is a Cover Letter?

  • An excellent self-marketing tool
  • An original, interesting yet brief letter that grabs the employer's attention
  • Your one and only chance to make a good first impression

Steps to a Winning Cover Letter

Your cover letter should be no more than 1 page long.

  1. Refer to the position for which you are applying.

  2. Highlight skills, experience, education, specialized knowledge and activities relevant to the position.

  3. Demonstrate your knowledge of the company (if possible). If you don't have time to research an organization, indicate why you are interested in the position and any contributions you can make that would benefit the organization. Or, if you are familiar with the industry in which the company operates, display your understanding of trends and the current status of the industry.

  4. Thank the employer for their consideration of your application. Make a request for an interview at a mutually convenient time (if applicable).

  5. Critique your cover letter. Check for spelling and grammar. It is also a good idea to have someone else critique your cover letter.

  6. Use the following checklist to help you evaluate your cover letter:

    • There are no typing, spelling or grammatical errors.
    • There are adequate margins and spaces between paragraphs.
    • You respond to the key qualifications listed in the ad.
    • You have addressed the letter to the contact person listed in the ad.
    • There are between 3-4 paragraphs in your letter.
    • The letter is attractively laid out.
    • The letter is original and is tailored to the company and the position for which you are applying.

  7. Once you've finalized your cover letter, laser-print it on good quality paper. Make sure you print it on the same quality, colour, and type of paper you used for your résumé. Don't forget to sign the letter.

References for this section:

  • Career Options 1997-1998. Canadian Association of Career Education and Employers (CACEE).
  • Resumes and Covering Letters Tip Sheet. Career Centre University of Toronto at Scarborough.
  • Creative Financial Staffing Resume Tips
  • The Career Manual

Cover Letter How to 

  1. Many employers view cover letters as important as resumes.
  2. Cover letters are a must when sending a resume by mail.
  3. Present the cover letter and resume on identical kinds of paper.
  4. If sending a resume and cover letter by e-mail, make the cover letter shorter than a paper copy would be.
  5. Be sure to include the exact name and title of the person responsible for hiring.
  6. Write the cover letter so that it is directed at a specific position.
  7. Be concise and, by all means, use accurate grammar and punctuation.
  8. Communicate that you know some things about the company.
  9. Briefly present your skills; show that you have learned something about the company; restate your interest; say that you will be available and promptly close the letter.




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