Posted: August 3rd, 2022
The following resource is required for this Career Starters assignment:
Cover Letters and Professional Documents Guide (Links to an external site.)
Your cover letter should follow the instructions and the example on pages 1–2 of the Cover Letters and Professional Documents Guide .
The cover letter must do the following.
Contain appropriate content as explained in the Cover Letters and Professional Documents Guide
Submit these two Microsoft Word documents by the Sunday deadline.
A current job ad with a full description of the position requirements, not a link or a screenshot, pasted into a Microsoft Word document and saved as JobAdLASTName x
Targeted cover letter saved as CoverLetterLASTname x
Cover Letters & Beyond
Develops a connection between you and the employer
and the position.
Tells the employer why they should hire YOU
specifically, and explains what makes you uniquely
qualified to fulfill their needs.
Gives an opportunity to convey your unique
communication style and offers a potential employer a
first glimpse of your personality.
Acts as a very useful writing sample for employers to
determine your ability to write clearly and professionally.
(This is why it is so important to proofread!)
How To Write A
A Well-written Document:
Powerful, professional documents convey your value, align your experience and abilities to the needs of the
company, and influence the reader. Most importantly, they answer this question for the hiring manager:
How can you impact my organization?How can you impact my organization?
We can answer this important question in our professional documents by looking at how our individual
strengths and skills connect with or match with the needs of the employer.
Read the job description thoroughly and determine how you meet the qualifications.
Research the organization and include references to their mission, needs, or vision.
Identify key requirements of the organization and connect them to your experience.
Reiterate your interest and how to contact you .
Thank the employer for their time and
consideration and indicate you will look forward to
hearing from them.
Make a connection for the employer; show how
your experiences directly relate to the organization
Tell a story. Do not repeat what is in your résumé.
Instead, contextualize it as it relates to this new job
Include achievement stories. Provide concrete
examples of your abilities, skills and
accomplishments as evidence of how your
qualifications match the job, and highlight them
How to Structure a Cover Letter or E-Note
Before you begin writing…
Your cover letter should follow a business letter format, and the top section should match the contact
information section from the top of your résumé. It should also utilize the same font and margin sizes.
An e-note is similar to a cover letter, but in an email format. It should be a bit shorter and more concise
than the cover letter, but follows this same general structure.
Job Responsibility/Duty My Skills & Experience
Paragraph 1: Introduction
Paragraphs 2-3: Qualifications
Paragraph 4: Closing
Open your cover letter with a strong,
compelling sentence that draws your reader in
immediately. Ensure the wording is creative
and catches an employer’s attention quickly.
Include which position you are applying for,
where you found the job posting, and why you
would be a good fit.
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Don’t forget to proofread your documents! It is a good idea to have several different people review them
to help catch typos, misspellings and grammatical errors. Do not rely solely on yourself for this; it is too easy
to miss something when reviewing your own writing.
A LinkedIn connection request is another
opportunity to make an impact – don’t waste it!
When you customize a connection, you only have
300 characters so you need to be brief.
A thank you note shows the interviewer a certain
level of professionalism and proper etiquette. It is
another opportunity to make the case as to why
they should hire YOU, and it usually arrives at the
time when hiring decisions are made.
The email should be sent within 24 hours after the
interview. A handwritten note can also be sent
through the postal mail to make a bigger impression;
however, this should not replace the email.
It demonstrates a true passion and desire for the
role, and is a great way for you to make the case as
to How You Can Impact their Organization!
The layout follows that of a cover letter with an intro, body, and
exit. Point out something specific so it reminds the interviewer of
the conversation you had, and shows you were engaged and
listening during the interview.
This connection request was sent after an
interview, and you can see that Joe Jobseeker
sent Ms. Craig a request to connect on LinkedIn. In
this request he not only reiterated his excitement
for the role, but was able to further emphasize why
he would make a good fit and help him impact
This type of customized request helps you stand
out from all the other standardized LinkedIn
requests that Ms. Craig might get.
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