Cover Letter

Cover Letter

Why write a cover letter? A cover letter is used to communicate your qualifications to potential employers. The job search process involves your ability to write and speak effectively. A cover letter introduces you to the reader and tells the reader why you are sending your résumé. It also states what position you are interested in. Most importantly, the cover letter gives you an opportunity to sell yourself.

UCS provides Job Search workshops, website addresses and other job search information, including material on cover letters. Schedules are available on the second floor of Alumni Hall, and at the University Center Information Desk on the third floor.

What to Include in a Cover Letter

(YOUR ADDRESS)
Box 999
Georgia State University
Current Date

(3-4 spaces)

Ms. Jane Doe
Title
ABC School
999 Main Boulevard
Any City, State 00000

(double space)

Dear Ms. Doe:

(double space)

FIRST PARAGRAPH - State the reason you are writing, identify the specific position or type of work for which you are applying, indicate from which source you learned of the opening. Grab the reader's attention in the first paragraph compelling the reader to continue reading the entire letter. (1) refer to a personal contact you made, (2) add some relevant information about the school system, (3) state your qualifications, i.e. major, degree, area of certification.

SECOND PARAGRAPH - This paragraph gives you the opportunity to sell your skills to an employer. Write about you! Discuss your personal qualities, skills, knowledge, training, experiences and achievements which are relevant to this position. Put yourself in the employers shoes and ask yourself, (1) Why should I hire this person?, (2) What can he/she do for me?, (3) Why is this candidate different from the other applicant?

CLOSING PARAGRAPH - Request an interview. Let the employer know you will be following up with a phone call to arrange a meeting. Take initiative, you are the person looking for a job.

(double space)

Sincerely,

(3-4 spaces)

Your Name enc.


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