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Job Search Seminar for International Students: Writing Cover Letters

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Job Search Seminar for International Students: Writing Cover Letters

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In Seminar#7 you will learn to write effective cover letters so employers will notice you faster.

Using a Cover Letter Checklist to organize content
Formatting a Cover Letter
Emphasizing what you can do for employers, not what they can do for you
5 Ways to Improve your Cover Letter’s Selling points

In Seminar#7 you will learn to write effective cover letters so employers will notice you faster.

Using a Cover Letter Checklist to organize content
Formatting a Cover Letter
Emphasizing what you can do for employers, not what they can do for you
5 Ways to Improve your Cover Letter’s Selling points

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Job Search Seminar for International Students: Writing Cover Letters

  1. 1. International Students Job Search Seminar Writing Better
  2. 2. AGENDA In Seminar#7 you will learn to write effective cover letters so employers will notice you faster. • Using a Cover Letter Checklist to organize content • Formatting a Cover Letter • Emphasizing what you can do for employers, not what they can do for you • 5 Ways to Improve your Cover Letter’s Selling points
  3. 3. Cover Letter Checklist Your Content “Cover Letters tell the story with examples of demonstrated skills.”
  4. 4. FORMAT FOR COVER LETTER • Your name, Your phone number and email, Your present address City, State, Zip • Date • Mr./Mrs. __________, Title • Name of Company • Street Address • City, State, Zip Code • Dear Mr./Ms. ________:
  5. 5. • Paragraph #1: Statement of Interest • Express your employment interest by expressing the specific position you are interested in, and mention how you heard about the opening. In this introductory paragraph, generate reader interest by mentioning a personal contact you may have within the company or research or knowledge you have on the specific company for which you are applying.
  6. 6. • Paragraph #2: Background Summary & Value-Selling Paragraph • Provide a synopsis of your relevant education and experience. Do not simply list what is covered in your resume, but do convey to the employer that you have the appropriate training and education to support the position for which you are applying. In this paragraph, incorporate statements addressing the value you can bring to the hiring organization. Focus on the real needs of the employer as you explain why you are qualified for the position. Mention specific qualifications, experiences, or achievements you have that will be pertinent to the position or match the positions needs.
  7. 7. • Paragraph #3: The Call for Action and Statement of Appreciation • Include a statement that encourages a specific response. Express interest in an interview, and tell the employer how you can be reached. Take the initiative to indicate to the employer that you will be following up with them and that you intend to take action by calling to determine interest, and, if appropriate, to arrange for an interview. Close the letter with a simple statement of appreciation for the employer’s time in reviewing and considering your credentials.
  8. 8. Why is this a “STRONG” Cover Letter? Why this Job? Succinctly & effectively relates your interest in the job. Why You? Highlights key skills which indicate why you are a good candidate for the job. What format? Professional & easy-to-read Who referred you? Names a trusted reference the hiring manager can consult. How to say it? Integrates key words from the job description and industry jargon What tone? Portrays you as qualified, confident and assertive. When? Your availability to interview and timeframe for follow-up Customized Body of a Cover Letter: Format for a Professional Job Search Cover Letter: Your name and address Date Contact’s name, title, company and address Job reference no. Salutation - call company for a name Heading: Carrie I. Cansell 9000 Urban Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45200 June 25, 2011 Mr./Ms. Smith, Director Human Resources Department XYZ Sports 1300 Niceoffice Place Cincinnati, OH 45201 RE: Position#12345 Dear Mr. or Ms. Smith,
  9. 9. I am very interested in the Marketing Manager position within your group at XYZ Sports. I spoke with Carol Jones about the position and feel that my 18 months (coop) of conducting qualitative and quantitative market research in the highly competitive global performance sportswear market at Nike are highly relevant to this position. At your convenience, I would appreciate the opportunity to talk to you about the position and share more details on my background. Attached is my resume for your review, but here are the key skills I could bring to the position: Research Design Worked with a broad cross-section of constituencies including statisticians, sales, and product design, to design over a dozen surveys for Internet, phone, and mail use. Analyze data used to inform management decisions on the promotion, design and pricing of products Analytical Skills Maintained competitor model analyzing sales, prices and methods of marketing and distribution Initiative Pursued an independent project to assess the value of Twitter and Facebook for concept testing Developed a research model that proved highly effective, saving an projected 17% in annual costs I am excited about this position because it would enable me to move beyond an internal marketing focus to coordinating new business development with external partners. I look forward to following-up with you within a week.If you some immediate information from me, please call at (513) 000-0000 during business hours. Thank you for your time and consideration, John Hireme hiremejn@gmail.com Enclosure: Resume cc: Ms. Carol Jones Signature: name email, enclosure courtesy copy Target to Job: refer resume, request an interview Selling section: examples of skills, achievements and outcomes of the actions you took Closing: show enthusiasm, you have goals, and will follow-up Keep letter to one page. Show only strengths. Use positive Statements. Intro: position, who/how you learned of job, why job fits you
  10. 10. Closing: Sincerely, Your Full Name (typed or Handwritten Signature) • Pay special attention to grammar, punctuation, and appearance. • Focus: What you can do for an employer, NOT what an employer can do for you. • Be straightforward in your approach. • If sending cover letter via US mail, be sure to use same quality paper as resume. • Each letter should be prepared individually for each job if required, DO NOT send form letters.
  11. 11. 3 Things You Need to Know About FOR 2018 Is the cover letter dead? Here is some insight into what you need to know about cover letters for 2018, and why some employers want them. https://www.careertoolbelt.com/3-things-you- need-to-know-about-cover-letters-for-2018/
  12. 12. Are Still Necessary in 2018? Polishing a resume and cover letter for every job takes time, and it’s all too common for job seekers to end up asking, “Do I even need a cover letter?” https://www.michaelpage.co.nz/advice/career- advice/starting-out/are-cover-letters-still- necessary-2018
  13. 13. Job Description for Construction: Sr. Analyst, Strategic Sourcing at Belk Polishing a resume and cover letter for every job takes time, and it’s all too common for job seekers to end up asking, “Do I even need a cover letter?” https://belk.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en- US/Careers-Corporate/job/Charlotte-NC--- Corporate-Office/Sr-Analyst--Strategic- Sourcing_JR-12854
  14. 14. Taryn Abel Staffing Specialist Target 7000 Target Parkway N Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 Dear Ms. Taryn Abel I am very interested in working for Target as a group leader to be a part of an innovative team working toward visionary goals. My desire to work for Target began when I found a job post on the recruit website of my university but also Target has been one of my favorite places to shop, where I can find products with good quality and helpful service. In December 2012 I will earn a BA in Classical Civilization from the University of Cincinnati. I bring strong interpreting skill and look forward to contributing to your group leader at Target. As a member of racial awareness program called RAPP I learned importance of identity and of accepting people from diverse background. I gained new perspective and value of working and interacting with people from diverse background. If selected to be Target’s one of 20-40 members of group leader I will foster an environment in which diverse backgrounds are respected and valued and inspire my team to achieve desired results in productivity, teamwork, safety, quality, and job knowledge. I would like to meet with you to discuss my qualification as listed on my enclosed resume. I am available to interview now. If you have questions or need additional information, I may be reached at 513. 212. 4753 or by email listed above. Thank you for your time and consideration. – Little experience
  15. 15. Tom Mullaney, Staffing Manager Mullaney’s Pharmacy 6096 Montgomey Rd Cincinnati, OH 45213 Dear Mr. Mullaney: I am highly interested in working for your company as a Pharmacy Technician. I have an opportunity to see your advertising in the website www.careerbuilder.com since I have been searching for the Pharmacy Technician job to explore about this career, as a sophomore student at University of Cincinnati. In June 2013, I will finish my Pre-Pharmacy major from the University of Cincinnati. In addition to my education, I have gained valuable part-time jobs’ experience throughout my years in college as customer service, handling cash register, managing phone calls and dealing with spontaneous situations. – Little experience
  16. 16. Additionally, as a member of Phi Theta Kappa, I have learnt variable values about leadership and communication, which would benefit your organization. Besides, I am a very responsible, patient and organized person who would fit to work well under instructions as a Pharmacy Technician. I am enthusiastically looking forward the opportunity to meet with you to discuss my qualifications for the job. I plan to contact you during the week of October 7 to speak with you and see if any of my information is needed to provide. Or if you need to contact me directly, I may be reached at 513-206-0975 or through the e-mail address listed above. Thank you very kindly for your consideration. Sincerely, T. Nguyen Email: xxxxxxxx@mail.uc.edu Phone: 513-234-56787 Enclosure: Resume – Little experience

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