A cover letter is your personal introduction to a prospective employer outlining your interest in the position and the organization and expressing why you are qualified for the position. Like the resume, it should be compelling and give the main reasons why you should be called for an interview. Use confident language, write in an active voice, and, except in rare circumstances, limit your letter to one page.The accompanying guideline will help you write a winning cover letter.
Cover Letter Guide
Your Street Address
(Area Code) Phone Number
Month Day, Year
Mr./Ms./Dr. First and Last Name of Receiver
Position or Title
Employer Organization’s Name
Employer Street Address
City, State and ZIP Code
Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. Last Name of Receiver,
Paragraph 1 – (Introduction)
Tell the reader why you are writing, and name the position you are pursuing. You may state where you saw the position opening. Depending on the employer, you may need to describe the Drexel program if applying to a co-op position. If you have a networking contact at this company, you should refer to that person in the first paragraph. Remember, the first paragraph of a cover letter should spark the interest of the reader.
Paragraph 2 – (Interest)
Explain why you are interested in the position. Include information you have gathered about the organization, and list important facts and details. Explain why this company is a good fit for you by relating your knowledge, skills and abilities to their organization.
Paragraph 3 – (Experience)
Detail past experience and how the skills you have developed make you a good candidate for the position. Refer to your resume, but do not summarize it. Focus on one or two skills that correspond with what the position requires.
Paragraph 4 – (Closing)
Thank the receiver for reviewing your resume and considering you for the position. Indicate that you would appreciate an opportunity to discuss the position in further detail at a later date.
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