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1 Community Employment Services Fanshawe Cover Letter Nelson Plaza Phone: Clarke Road Citi Plaza Phone: Wellington Street Community Employment Services Fanshawe Page 1

2 Cover Letter Workshop Formatting Accomplishments Spelling & Grammar Tailored What is tailored and why does it matter? How do you fit with the company? Values, Goals, Needs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)? How can you tailor your cover letter to Employers so you STAND OUT? Community Employment Services Fanshawe Page 2

3 Traditional Cover Letter Outline: Put your contact information as a header Date Employer s Name Position Company Address City, Province, Postal Code Dear Employer s Name, In the first paragraph you want to state the job you are applying for, your interest in the position, explain how you found the job and invite them to read your resume with the hope of obtaining a meeting. (I.e. In reference to the open cook position you have posted on, I am very interested in this opportunity. Perhaps after reading this letter and enclosed resume, you will agree we have a mutually beneficial reason to meet) The second paragraph provides you with an opportunity to sell yourself and explain to the employer why you would be a good fit. Highlight the skills you have that they are looking for. Your final paragraph should have anything else that you find interesting about the company (i.e. mission statement) only if applicable. You should end with restating your interest in the position and a meeting, provide them with contact info and thank them for their time. (I.e. The cook position sounds like an outstanding opportunity, and I would welcome the chance for an interview to discuss your needs and outline my strengths in person. You may reach me at Thank you for your time and consideration of my resume, and I look forward to speaking with you.) Sincerely, Your Full-Name (signature written) Your Full- Name (Typed) Community Employment Services Fanshawe Page 3

4 T-Format Cover Letter Outline: Put your contact information as a header Date Employer s Name Position Company Address Town, Province, Postal Code Dear Employer s Name, In the first paragraph you want to state the job you are applying for, your interest in the position, explain how you found the job and invite them to read your resume with the hopes of a meeting. (I.e. In reference to the open cook position you have posted on, I am very interested in the opportunity. Perhaps after reading this letter and enclosed resume, you will agree we have a mutually beneficial reason to meet) The Position Requires: List the requirements from the advertisement My Qualifications are: List your corresponding skill set Your final paragraph should then state anything else that you find interesting about the company (i.e. mission statement) only if applicable. You should end with restating your interest in the position and a meeting, provide them with contact info and thank them for their time. (I.e. the cook position sounds like an outstanding opportunity, and I would welcome the chance for an interview to discuss your needs and outline my strengths in person. You may reach me at (519) Thank you for your time and consideration of my resume, and I look forward to speaking with you.) Sincerely, (Your Signature) (Your Name-Typed) Community Employment Services Fanshawe Page 4

5 Bullet Cover Letter Outline: Put your contact information as a header Date Employer s Name Position Company Address Town, Province, Postal Code Dear Employer s Name, In the first paragraph you want to state the job you are applying for, your interest in the position, explain how you found the job and invite them to read your resume with the hopes of a meeting. (I.e. In reference to the open cook position you have posted on, I am very interested in the opportunity. Perhaps after reading this letter and enclosed resume, you will agree we have a mutually beneficial reason to meet) Cool stuff about you Accomplishment statements form resume Something that connects to Employer needs More interesting things about you Your final paragraph should then state anything else that you find interesting about the company (i.e. mission statement) only if applicable. You should end with restating your interest in the position and a meeting, provide them with contact info and thank them for their time. (I.e. the cook position sounds like an outstanding opportunity, and I would welcome the chance for an interview to discuss your needs and outline my strengths in person. You may reach me at (519) Thank you for your time and consideration of my resume, and I look forward to speaking with you.) Sincerely, (Your Signature) (Your Name-Typed) Community Employment Services Fanshawe Page 5

6 Cover Letter Outline: Dear Employer s Name, In the first paragraph you want to state the job you are applying for, your interest in the position, explain how you found the job and invite them to read your resume with the hopes of a meeting. (I.e. In reference to the open cook position you have posted on, I am very interested in the opportunity. Perhaps after reading this letter and enclosed resume, you will agree we have a mutually beneficial reason to meet) Cool stuff about you Accomplishment statements form resume Something that connects to Employer needs More interesting things about you You should end with restating your interest in the position and a meeting, provide them with contact info and thank them for their time. (I.e. the cook position sounds like an outstanding opportunity, and I would welcome the chance for an interview to discuss your needs and outline my strengths in person. You may reach me at (519) Thank you for your time and consideration of my resume, and I look forward to speaking with you.) Sincerely, (Your Name-Typed) Community Employment Services Fanshawe Page 6

7 COVER LETTERS OPENING PARAGRAPH It is important to open your cover letter with an attention grabbing phrase or sentence. The following are ideas that you can use to open you cover letter and grab the attention of the employer. 1. Please consider me an applicant for the position of Sales Associate that you advertised for in the London Free Press on Wednesday, July 11, In response to your advertisement in the London Free Press on Wednesday, July 11, 2001, please accept the following resume for the position of Dishwasher. 3. The enclosed resume is submitted in application for the position of Autobody Mechanic, as advertised in the London Free Press on Saturday, July 14, I am submitting the enclosed resume for your consideration in the event that you need to add to your sales staff. 5. Please accept the enclosed resume in application for the position of Line Cook that you are currently advertising for. 6. I am writing to apply for the position of Landscaper that your company is currently hiring for. 7. I am interested in being considered for the Computer Programmer position that you are currently hiring for. 8. I was excited to read of your opening for a Graphic Designer in the London Free Press on Saturday, July 14, Please consider me an applicant for this position. 9. Enclosed is my resume for your consideration for the position of Day Care Assistant that you are currently hiring for. 10. In reference to the advertisement in the July 14 edition of the London Free Press, for the position of Service Technician, please consider me an applicant. 11. I am pleased to respond to your advertisement for the position of Office Assistant advertised in the London Free Press on Saturday, July 14, I believe that my training and experience strongly qualify me for this position. Community Employment Services Fanshawe Page 7

8 EXAMPLES OF SKILL PARAGRAPHS Server in restaurant seeking entry-level marketing position In addition to my marketing coursework, I have employed marketing and customer-service skills in the restaurant field. In my most recent position, I marketed appetizers, desserts, and other add-ons to customers and added value to their dining experience. I would like to apply the same sales savvy and interpersonal skills in the marketing position you have open. Retail associate seeking teaching position As a sales associate in a retail store, I successfully handled customers' needs every day. To succeed, I had to be a patient and diplomatic problem-solver. Because the same kinds of patience and creative problemsolving are required of teachers, I am confident I will be an effective thirdgrade teacher at your school. Office clerk seeking entry-level accounting position The office clerk job I held every summer throughout college demanded a high degree or organization and detail-orientation. My former employer can affirm that I am fully capable of applying these important skills at your accounting firm. My experience also taught me the importance of fitting into the office culture, and I stand ready to become a contributing member of your team. Bank teller seeking entry-level position in a stock brokerage I seized the opportunity in my bank teller position to learn as much as possible about personal finance and investments, while simultaneously honing the "people skills" that are crucial to success as a stockbroker. Fitness instructor seeking entry-level position in health care Having worked my way through college as a fitness instructor, I have already demonstrated my commitment to good health. Further, I have developed the solid customer-service skills that would enable me to effectively interact with patients. Community Employment Services Fanshawe Page 8

9 COVER LETTERS CLOSING PARAGRAPH The closing paragraph of your cover letter should be a summary that sounds confident and invites the employer to contact you for an interview. The following is a list of ideas to use in your closing paragraph. 1. The enclosed resume highlights my experience and qualifications for this position. I will contact you next week to discuss a convenient time to further explore how my skills will benefit your company. 2. I would be interested in meeting with you in person to discuss the position requirements and how I might address them. Thank you very much for your consideration. 3. My expertise in technology and management is at your disposal. I am confident that when we meet and further discuss your company s goals and my qualifications, you will aggress that we are a match. I will call Thursday to schedule an appointment. 4. Based upon the highlights and details of my enclosed resume, you will notice that I match the qualities and requirements that you are looking for. I would be delighted to speak with you further about the match between my qualifications and the needs of your organization. I will contact you next week to set up an appointment. 5. I look forward to the opportunity of meeting with you to discuss my background in further detail, since this letter only touches on the highlights of my background. I will contact you next week. Thank you for your consideration. 6. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss my qualifications with you in detail at a personal interview at your earliest convenience. I can be contacted at (519) If you would like to schedule an interview or otherwise discuss my interest in this position, please call me at the number listed above. Thank you for your consideration. 8. I have given you the main facts about my education, experience, and personal qualifications, but there may be details which you would like to have clarified. I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience. I can be reached at (519) I look forward to hearing from you. 9. I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss your company s needs and how I might meet them. Community Employment Services Fanshawe Page 9

10 COVER LETTERS CLOSING PARAGRAPH 10. If after reviewing my resume you would like additional information, please contact me at the above phone number. I will be available for an interview at your convenience. Thank you for considering my application. 11. If you would like to discuss your needs and how I might meet them, please let me know. I will be glad to provide you with additional details or meet with you for a personal interview. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to talking with you. 12. I would appreciate your reviewing the enclosed resume, which outlines my background in more detail. I will be glad to meet with you at any time to discuss employment possibilities with your company. 13. My resume elaborates on these details and other aspects of my qualifications. After reviewing this information, I believe you will agree that my background provides a strong match for the advertised position. If you need more information or would like me to come for an interview, I am available at your convenience. Thank you for considering my application. 14. Please review the enclosed resume and call me at (519) if you would like to schedule an interview or discuss my interest in this position. 15. If you need additional details, please contact me at the above number. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss this position. Community Employment Services Fanshawe Page 10

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