Writing an Effective Cover Letter

Some of you are applying for summer jobs already. You may be interested in positions related to your career path – this would usually require a cover letter. I want to emphasize the importance of a strong cover letter. First of all, it should be on top of your resume – kept to one page maximum. It is generally paper clipped to the top of the resume- not stapled.

Some tips as regards to the writing are as follows: Keep it brief but give specifics. Keep it positive – The key is showcase your skills and experience but not brag.

The magic formula for winning cover letters. Here is a cover letter template for an effective cover letter: I have made comments in bold capitals for special attention – This is full block style.

1234 YOUR HOME STREET        YOUR RETURN ADDRESS GOES RIGHT HERE

WINDSOR,ON N93 4JI

Monday March 18, 2013

Mr. Robert Smyth                                      STATE THE PERSON’S NAME AND ADDRESS
Director of Human Resources
1234 Getalong Littledoggie Rd.
Windsor, ON
N83 4P4

Dear Mr. Smyth,

I am writing to apply for the position of NAME IT HERE as advertised in the Windsor Star on Saturday March 16th, 2013. My experience and education qualify me for the position.  STATE WHY YOU ARE WRITING

I am currently a student in NAME IT HERE program at Name your college or university here. My expected graduation date is NAME IT HERE (month and year).
Now discuss 3 school related skills or three most important aspects of your education.
Now discuss 1-3 jobs you have had with the dates in brackets. Be sure to name 3 work related skills that make you a good candidate.
SAMPLE BEGINNINGS
In my recent studies at St. Clair College (Networking Diploma, 2013), we focused on…
During my employment at NAME IT and WHEN, I acquired, developed, mastered, displayed (SEE VERBS LIST)…. OR Key aspects of my education include…
Among the experience and qualities, competencies, skills, I bring to your company are…

Hint: buzzwords are multitasking, time management, the ability to work independently or with a group
Leadership Interpersonal skills Problem-solving Motivation Efficiency Attention to Detail
Ability to Prioritize Teamwork Reliability Ability to multitask Time management Passion Listening skills Outgoingness Honesty
Thank you for considering my application. More details of my work experience and education are included in the attached résumé. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss the position. You may contact me by email at student@email.ca or 519-123-4567.  ALWAYS GIVE THANKS FOR CONSIDERATION AND OFFER YOUR CONTACTINFORMATION RIGHT HERE. MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM TO CONTACT YOU.

Sincerely,

LEAVE 2-3 SPACES HERE SO YOU CAN SIGN YOUR NAME WITH A PEN IN THIS SPOT
Mr. Mickey Mouse  TYPE YOUR FULL LAST NAME RIGHT HERE

Enclosures: 1     YOU ARE ENCLOSING 1 DOCUMENT – YOUR RESUME – THAT IS WHY YOU GIVE THIS ENCLOSURE NOTATION 

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