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Cover Letter Instructions

Cover Letter Instructions

When applying for a job, a cover letter should be sent or posted with your resume. Your cover letter should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting. Your cover letter is your first (and best) chance to make a good impression. For the purpose of this assignment, use your current internship as the recipient of the cover letter. 

A cover letter is a personal business letter. PB letters deal with professional content but on behalf of an individual person rather than a company.  It follows the same format as a business letter with two exceptions. Personal business letters are vertically centered. To do this, click on the “page layout” tab, then the page setup dialog box arrow:


Once the dialog box opens, click the “layout” tab. Click the drop down arrow under the page section and choose “center”.

The next difference is that there is no letterhead for personal business letters. Because of this, you must include your personal contact information in the section above the date.  The following information regards content:


First Paragraph
The first paragraph of your letter should include information on why you are writing. Mention the position you are applying for and where you found the job listing. Include the name of a mutual contact, if you have one.

Middle Paragraph(s)
The next section of your cover letter should describe what you have to offer the employer. Mention specifically how your qualifications match the job you are applying for. Remember, you are interpreting your resume, not repeating it.

Final Paragraph
Conclude your cover letter by thanking the employer for considering you for the position. Include information on how and when you will follow-up.

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