Cover Letter

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Elements/parts of a cover letter: Information about you Begin your cover letter with your contact information. It should be in block style, on the left margin of your paper, towards the top. Name Current home address Telephone number Date Include a date as you would do with any business letter. Contact Person's Name, Title, Employer, and Address Including a specific name can get your letter and resume to the hiring manager more quickly and can be an effective personal touch. If you are applying for an advertised position that does not give a name to contact, call the company and ask for the department manager's name. Salutation Choose the appropriate way to address the contact person. For example: Dear Mr. Johns (if a man's name is the contact) Dear Ms. Smith (if a woman's name is the contact) Dear Prospective Employer (if there is no contact name) Opening Paragraph The first paragraph mentions the position you’re interested in. and how you’ve learned of the opening (if indeed you have learned of an opening). You may, for example, know of a job through: a classified advertisement an unsolicited mailing the Internet personal referrals. If a friend or business contact told you about the position, and you’ve asked if you can mention his or her name, do so. In this paragraph, you may want to specify why you’re applying to this particular company (i.e., because of its outstanding reputation in the field, etc.). This paragraph may be two to four sentences long. If you are sending a mass mailing to many companies over a large area, along with focusing on the type of position you seek, introduce some of the abilities you have that will be of interest to an employer. If you are sending a letter to a specific company and don’t know whether there is an opening, begin by explaining what type of position you want

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