What is A Cover Letter?



What is A Cover Letter? : Your cover letter can include material of interest to an employer that would be difficult to present in a resume. Your motivation for wanting to work for that particular company is an example.



Through careful reading of one reference, we have learned….

That the industry has several different subsets

About the state of the industry's growth (flat)

That foreign market was being actively pursued.

The name of an important trade periodical

By devoting an hour to this research, we are already far more knowledgeable about the basics of the subjects. In this page will discuss some basic cover letter issues and then get down to the work of writing an opening paragraph. We will take an in-depth look at the paragraphs of the cover letter.


Can you give us an organizing principle for writing our cover letters?

Cover letter will comprise four main paragraphs…

1. Opening (Why I am writing.)

2. Positive Characteristics (Why you should give me an interview.)

3. Motivation (Why I want to work for you.)

4. Closing (Next step. Keep the ball in your court.)

We will go over each of these four in detail before we put together an entire letter. Then we will see how to use a basic letter as a prototype that can be used, with some changes, to write to a large number of employers.


Before we go further with the four, let us see about the proper format for a business letter?


Full Block Format

Block Format

Modified Block Format


In addition to organization and format, we wanted to discuss principles for determining what should be included or excluded in a cover letter. While there can always be an exception, the guidelines we discussed are generally applicable.


The litmus test for determining what to include or exclude is "Is it likely to help me?" As long as everything you do say is honest, you don't have to say everything.


The cover letter adds to your attractiveness as a candidate in three ways.


Highlighting : You can give those positive characteristics of greatest interest to a particular employer more prominence in the cover letter than you did in your resume.


Reframing : Through your cover letter, you can put some of your experiences in a frame of reference that more closely meets the needs of the employer.


New material : Your cover letter can include material of interest to an employer that would be difficult to present in a resume. Your motivation for wanting to work for that particular company is an example.


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