Posted: August 3rd, 2022

Career Starter

The following resource is required for this Career Starters assignment:

Cover Letters and Professional Documents Guide (Links to an external site.)

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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.

  • Be targeted to the job ad (submit full job ad, not a screenshot or a link) and align your skills to the job requirements
  • Personalize the greeting to the recipient of the letter
  • Convey your understanding of the company’s values and goals
  • Contain appropriate content as explained in the Cover Letters and Professional Documents Guide

  • Be formatted in standard business style
  • Be free of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage errors
  • 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
    Professional Document

    Types of
    Professional
    Documents:

    COVER
    LETTERS

    E-NOTES

    THANK YOU
    NOTES

    LINKEDIN
    CONNECTION
    REQUESTS

    A Well-written Document:

    YOUR
    STRENGTHS

    & SKILLS

    NEEDS
    OF THE

    EMPLOYER

    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
    and position.
    Tell a story. Do not repeat what is in your résumé.
    Instead, contextualize it as it relates to this new job
    or organization.
    Include achievement stories. Provide concrete
    examples of your abilities, skills and
    accomplishments as evidence of how your
    qualifications match the job, and highlight them
    with bullets.

    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.

    Try
    It!

    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.

    LinkedIn
    Connection
    Request

    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.

    Thank You
    Note

    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
    their organization.

    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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