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JOB LISTING INFORMATION:

Directions: Find a job listing that you would like to apply for. Using your job listing and the internet, answer the following questions. Then, use the Cover Letter Template to type your letter.

  1. What is the name of the company?
  2. What is the name of the person doing the hiring?
  3. What is the company’s complete address?
  4. What is the title of the job? Write exactly as it is in the listing.
  5. Where does the listing come from?
  6. What is so the company proud of? What are their accomplishments?
  7. What education or training is required? Use the exact wording from the listing.
  8. What experience does the company want their employee to have? Use the exact words from the listing.
  9. What are the employee qualities and abilities that the employer wants. Use the exact words from the listing.
  10. Are there any special things about you that would make you the best applicant for this job?
  11. What is the best way to contact you? Cell Phone number? Message phone?

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Company Name
Address
City, State Zip Code
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Dear [Name of Person Doing Hiring],
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{Indent}I am writing to apply for the [Job Title Exactly as It is Written in the Listing] job that I learned about through [Where Job Listing Came From; Or Where You Heard About The Job]. I am very interested in this job.
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{Indent}Your company is known for [Accomplishments, Things Company is Proud of – If the company has a website, you can find out more about them there].I am impressed because [List 2 or 3 Things You Like About the Company]. [Company’s Full Name] is a good company and I would really like to be a part of the team.
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{Indent}I would be great choice for this job because I have [Number] years experience [List Job Title if You Have Experience in this Job, OR If You Have Experience Doing Things That Would Be Helpful in This Job, List Those Tasks/Activities]. I can [List the Qualities and Abilities From the Job Listing That You Can Do.] I can learn how to [Things From the Job Listing That You Can’t Do Now But Can Learn]. I [List Any Credentials or Training Required in the Listing] Additionally, I am
[List Other Qualities About Yourself That Would Make You More Impressive. Examples: Bilingual, Willing to Work Overtime and Weekends, etc.]
Please refer to my attached resume for more information on what I can offer your company.
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{Indent} Please call me at [Phone Number] to schedule an interview.
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{Indent}                                                                                                       Sincerely,
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REVIEWING THE QUALITY OF YOUR COVER LETTER

Before you turn in your cover letter to an employer, you need to make sure it is the best it can be. Here are some things you should do to check your cover letter’s quality, catch errors and fix them. They are the same things that you do to make your résumé better.

  1. Run Spell checker: Most word processors have this option. The computer will show you what you have spelled wrong, if you have put in too many or too few spaces between words, and will catch problems with grammar. Use the computer to find and fix problems before you have anyone else look at it.
  2. Review With Fresh Eyes: Sometimes you get tired when you’ve been working on your cover letter for a long time, and can’t see the problems. Walk away and wait for an hour or two and then look at it again. You probably shouldn’t wait a day or two, because many jobs close on the same day that they open. You will probably catch many things you overlooked and can fix them faster than you would have when you worked on it in the first place.
  3. Ask yourself all of these questions to make sure it is ready for other people to see:
    Does it look pretty?
    Is it only one page?
    Is everything spelled out? (“September,” not “Sept.”; “West,” not “W”; “Worker Protection Standards Pesticide Training,” not “WPS”; “English as a Second Language,” not “ESL”; “Utah’” not “UT”)
    Do I have any other skills
    I should include?
    Do I have any other training or credentials I forgot to list?
    Is the company name spelled right?
    Is the hiring person’s name spelled correctly?
    Is the job title spelled exactly as it is in the job listing?
    Are all other words spelled correctly?
    Is my phone number correct?
    Did I sign it?
    Am I proud of how this cover letter looks?
  4. Have At Least 3 People Review & Give Suggestions: You are too close to the work, and it makes you blind to certain things. Ask someone else’s opinion, and they may see things you should fix before an employer sees it. It’s always better to have an assortment of people review your work. So, choose people from different groups

Friends or Relatives Who Have Known You Ten Years or More:
These people will have known you long enough to know your best qualities. They will usually be honest with you

Teachers, Trainers and Educators Who Have Taught You:
These people usually have more experience editing. They should be able to help find spelling and grammar errors and may point out ways to make your educational experience more impressive

People You Have Worked With:
These people will know what kind of worker you are. They will be able to tell you if you have missed any skills you used when you worked with them. Additionally, they can catch exaggerations about the work you’ve done

People You Have Worked For:
These people have the perspective of employers. They have seen how you work, follow directions, and what kind of attitude you have. They know what qualities employers value and can help you include any of those qualities you may have

People Who Make Hiring Decisions:
These people will have the most experience reviewing résumé and cover letters. They have seen different styles and layouts, and can give suggestions to make your cover letter more attractive and memorable. Also, they know what they like to see on cover letters, and what they don’t like to see. They can help you avoid common mistakes and make your cover letter better than others

Strangers:
These people don’t know you, so they can make judgments based on the rÉsumJ and not their experience with you. They can tell you if your cover letter is a good introduction to you or if you need more information
Many people won’t know what to look for or how to help you. To make the review more useful, give them a copy of the job listing and you can tell them you want them to answer these questions
• What errors did you find
• Is it easy to read
• Does it make sense
• Did I write enough about the abilities, education, experience and other things
that the job listing asks for
• What can I do to make it better
• Does it make me look like someone you would hire? If not, what can I do to change that
• What did you like best about my cover letter?

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