advertisement

RDrew Cover Letter Workshop

50 %
50 %
advertisement
Information about RDrew Cover Letter Workshop
Career

Published on March 4, 2009

Author: rondrew

Source: slideshare.net

Description

Cover Letter Workshop given to Networking Groups
advertisement

Cover Letters Presented by Ron Drew, PMP

The Transition 101 Model Are you prepared to do each one of these steps? Anger Help Me!! Stress Relief New Friends Foundation Onboarding Plan Get a Job Offer Networking + LinkedIN Resume Cover Letter Interview Layoff/Quit/Fired Marketing Plan No Plan = 2 strikes to start

What Is a Cover Letter? A supplement to the resume that includes more detailed information about yourself It highlights key points in your resume Expresses your interest in a position Shows off your qualifications to a prospective employer Hiring managers are looking for ways to exclude you as they narrow down their applications. Do not give them that ammunition.

A supplement to the resume that includes more detailed information about yourself

It highlights key points in your resume

Expresses your interest in a position

Shows off your qualifications to a prospective

employer

What Should My Cover Letter Accomplish? Your cover letter should introduce the main points of your resume. It should also help you to “sell” your qualifications to the prospective employer.

Your cover letter should introduce the main points of your resume.

It should also help you to “sell” your qualifications to the prospective employer.

Cover Letter Basics Heading Inside Address Salutation Paragraph #1 Paragraph #2 Paragraph #3 Closing Signature

Heading

Inside Address

Salutation

Paragraph #1

Paragraph #2

Paragraph #3

Closing

Signature

Cover Letter Examples of Basics Heading: Address City, State, Zip Date Company Address: Name of Individual Company Address City, State, Zip Salutation: Dear Mr. Dear Mrs. Dear Ms.

Heading:

Address

City, State, Zip

Date

Company Address:

Name of Individual

Company

Address

City, State, Zip

Cover Letter Basics Main Body of Cover Letter ... Keep it brief! Paragraph #1 – Reference the position and note how you found out about the job Paragraph #2 – Why are you interested in the position and what are your qualifications Paragraph #2 or 3 – Support your qualifications with examples of experience Paragraph #4 – Restate your interest in the position and request an interview

Main Body of Cover Letter ... Keep it brief!

Paragraph #1 – Reference the position and note how you found out about the job

Paragraph #2 – Why are you interested in the position and what are your qualifications

Paragraph #2 or 3 – Support your qualifications with examples of experience

Paragraph #4 – Restate your interest in the position and request an interview

Before You Write the Cover Letter If you have a company or employer in mind, do some research regarding their policies and principles Review websites, brochures, pamphlets and any other pertinent materials you can find about the company If you can, try to speak with current employees; this will provide you with a unique inside perspective

If you have a company or employer in mind, do some research regarding their policies and principles

Review websites, brochures, pamphlets and any other pertinent materials you can find about the company

If you can, try to speak with current employees; this

will provide you with a unique inside perspective

Once you’ve done your research and you have a good idea of what qualifications the company is looking for, it’s time to separate yourself from the rest of the pack Before you begin writing your letter, take some time to brainstorm. Make a list of reasons why you’re the ideal candidate Before You Write the Cover Letter

Once you’ve done your research and you have a

good idea of what qualifications the company is

looking for, it’s time to separate yourself from the rest of the pack

Before you begin writing your letter, take some time to brainstorm. Make a list of reasons why you’re the ideal candidate

Preliminary Research Find out * General job information * Desired qualifications and skills * Key values and words Check with * Out Placement office files * WWW * Trade journals, magazines, and newsletters * Company literature

Find out

* General job

information

* Desired qualifications

and skills

* Key values and words

Check with

* Out Placement office files

* WWW

* Trade journals,

magazines, and

newsletters

* Company literature

A Few Things to Keep in Mind Do NOT over use “I” ..... Instead, place the focus on the employer and use the word “you” Avoid writing more than one page; since you are probably competing with other applicants, employers just don’t have the time to read two pages The point of the cover letter is to flesh out your resume’s selling points not to repeat the same things that appear in your resume

Do NOT over use “I” .....

Instead, place the focus on the employer and use the word “you”

Avoid writing more than one page; since you are

probably competing with other applicants, employers

just don’t have the time to read two pages

The point of the cover letter is to flesh out your

resume’s selling points not to repeat the same

things that appear in your resume

Header Sally Smith Human Resources Director Beiersdorf North America 187 Danbury Road Wilton, CT 06897 Dear Ms. Smith: Address your letter to a specific person, ideally to the person who will interview you. Look for the person’s name in company publications, or phone the organization and ask for the person’s name or for the personnel manager.

Sally Smith

Human Resources Director

Beiersdorf North America

187 Danbury Road

Wilton, CT 06897

Dear Ms. Smith:

Address your letter to a specific person, ideally to the person who will interview you.

Look for the person’s name in company publications, or phone the organization and ask for the person’s name or for the personnel manager.

Salutation If you are addressing the letter to a specific person, start out with the formal salutation : Dear Mr. Jones. If you don’t know the name use: Dear Hiring Manager Refrain from using the old standby’s: To whom it may concern Dear Sir or Madam Never Use “Hi” or “Hello” or Hey There”

If you are addressing the letter to a specific person, start out with the formal salutation : Dear Mr. Jones.

If you don’t know the name use:

Dear Hiring Manager

Refrain from using the old standby’s:

To whom it may concern

Dear Sir or Madam

Never Use “Hi” or “Hello” or Hey There”

Introductory Paragraph Your first paragraph should: Get the reader’s attention Stimulate interest Be appropriate for the job you are seeking. Make your goal clear to reader and highlight the main points you will focus on in the letter. Make the reader want to preview the rest of your letter.

Your first paragraph should:

Get the reader’s attention

Stimulate interest

Be appropriate for the job you are seeking.

Make your goal clear to reader and highlight the main points you will focus on in the letter.

Make the reader want to preview the rest of your letter.

Opening Paragraph Example Dear Mr. Drew: As the enclosed resume attests, the Business Analyst position advertised on Monster.com is a perfect fit with my qualifications. My experience working as a Programmer Analyst at Unilever and my vast experience in the Information Technology has prepared for what this job requires, making me an ideal candidate for this position.

Solicited Application Letters Solicited application letters are letters written in response to an advertised job opening . It is appropriate to mention where you learned of the opening in the first paragraph. I believe that my knowledge of sales and marketing along with my proven communication and leadership skills make me a strong candidate for the position of Marketing Director posted on the Beiersdorf’s Website in the Careers Section.

Solicited application letters are letters written in response to an advertised job opening .

It is appropriate to mention where you learned of the opening in the first paragraph.

I believe that my knowledge

of sales and marketing along

with my proven communication

and leadership skills make

me a strong candidate for the

position of Marketing Director

posted on the Beiersdorf’s

Website in the Careers Section.

Unsolicited Application Letters Unsolicited application letters are written to companies that have not posted a job opening . It is important to gain the reader’s attention and persuade them that you can contribute to the company’s goals. As a company of one of the fastest growing skin care products in the world, do you have an opening in your Marketing department for a recent college graduate with a major in English and Marketing and selling experience?

Unsolicited application letters are written to companies that have not posted a job opening .

It is important to gain the reader’s attention and persuade them that you can contribute to the company’s goals.

As a company of one of the

fastest growing skin care

products in the world, do you

have an opening in your

Marketing department for

a recent college graduate

with a major in English and

Marketing and selling

experience?

Goals of the Body Paragraphs Emphasize your strongest qualifications or top selling points for the position for which you are applying. Demonstrate how these qualifications will benefit the employer. Refer employers to certain points in your enclosed resume. Provide examples of your achievements that have benefited previous companies if appropriate. Be specific in your descriptions.

Emphasize your strongest qualifications or top selling points for the position for which you are applying.

Demonstrate how these qualifications will benefit the employer.

Refer employers to certain points in your enclosed resume.

Provide examples of your achievements that have benefited previous companies if appropriate.

Be specific in your descriptions.

Body Paragraph Example As my resume highlights, I have offered high-responsibility computer and software support for users, IT staff and external customers. This experience, along with constant use of computers, has given me a thorough background of many different forms of software and operating systems including the Windows and Apple families, Microsoft Office, and Dreamweaver. I have also become very comfortable performing hardware and software upgrades on Windows and Mac machines and working with various types of networks including wireless and LAN. In addition, I master new skills quickly and complete tasks efficiently.

Detailing Your Experience Show (don’t tell) employers your qualifications Include specific, credible examples of your qualifications for the position. Use numbers, names of software you've used, or features of a project that may apply to the job you want. As a customer service representative at Unilever, I provided quality customer service while promoting the sale of products to customers. I also handled upwards of $200,000 sales orders per day and responsible for reconciliation of sales orders.

Show (don’t tell) employers your qualifications

Include specific, credible examples of your qualifications for the position.

Use numbers, names of software you've used, or features of a project that may apply to the job you want.

As a customer service representative at Unilever, I provided quality customer service while promoting the sale of products to customers. I also handled upwards of $200,000 sales orders per day and responsible for reconciliation of sales orders.

Using Active Language—Don’ts Don’t be vague in your descriptions. Don’t use weak verbs such as endeavored, tried, hoped, and attempted. Don’t use sexist language such as chairman and manpower. Vague: I worked as an agent at Unilever. Weak: I attempted to attract customers.

Don’t be vague in your descriptions.

Don’t use weak verbs such as endeavored, tried, hoped, and attempted.

Don’t use sexist language such as chairman and manpower.

Vague: I worked as an agent at Unilever.

Weak: I attempted to attract customers.

Using Active Language—Do’s Use concrete words to describe your experience. Use present tense to discuss current activities and past tense for previous job duties or accomplishments. Be as specific as possible in descriptions; list dollar amounts and figures when you can. Vague: I worked as a ramp agent for Delta Air Lines.   Specific : As an agent, I assisted in loading baggage, oversaw fueling the aircraft, and stocked commissary items on the aircraft. Weak: I attempted to attract customers. Strong: I initiated a program to attract customers to Burger King, which resulted in a 5% increase in sales for the month of June.

Use concrete words to describe your experience.

Use present tense to discuss current activities and past tense for previous job duties or accomplishments.

Be as specific as possible in descriptions; list dollar amounts and figures when you can.

Vague: I worked as a ramp agent for Delta Air Lines.

  Specific : As an agent, I assisted in loading baggage, oversaw fueling the aircraft, and stocked commissary items on the aircraft.

Weak: I attempted to attract customers.

Strong: I initiated a program to attract customers to Burger King, which resulted in a 5% increase in sales for the month of June.

Organizing Your Letter In general, cover letters should be no longer than one typed page. Organize your body paragraphs to emphasize your strongest and most relevant qualifications. Only include the two or three strongest qualifications from your resume. Make it easy for readers to scan your letter by beginning each paragraph with a topic sentence.

In general, cover letters should be no longer than one typed page.

Organize your body paragraphs to emphasize your strongest and most relevant qualifications. Only include the two or three strongest qualifications from your resume.

Make it easy for readers to scan your letter by beginning each paragraph with a topic sentence.

Concluding Your Letter Please take the time to look over my resume. I would enjoy a further discussion on this position in person. I will follow up with you in a few days to answer any preliminary questions you might have. In the meantime, Please do not hesitate to contact me at 203-555-1234. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Conclude by asking for a personal interview. Be flexible regarding a date and time for the interview. Be specific about how the interviewer should contact you. If you say you will follow-up, make sure you do it!! Include a thank you. Use “Sincerely,” to close the letter

Please take the time to look over

my resume. I would enjoy a further

discussion on this position in person.

I will follow up with you in a few days

to answer any preliminary questions

you might have. In the meantime,

Please do not hesitate to contact

me at 203-555-1234.

Thank you for your time and

consideration.

Sincerely,

Conclude by asking for a personal interview.

Be flexible regarding a date and time for the interview.

Be specific about how the interviewer should contact you.

If you say you will follow-up, make sure you do it!!

Include a thank you.

Use “Sincerely,” to close the letter

Mailing Your Letter With Your Resume Double and Triple Check Before Sending!! Coordinate the design of your letter with the design of your resume (FONTS etc). Be sure to send both Cover Letter and Resume to prospective employers; they both reveal different kinds of information about you.

Coordinate the design of your letter with the design of your resume (FONTS etc).

Be sure to send both Cover Letter and Resume to prospective employers; they both reveal different kinds of information about you.

Key Points to Remember Appeal to company values, attitudes, goals, projects, etc. Elaborate on the information in your resume. Don’t repeat the resume, highlight it!! Use their words – Use the job description to help make the connection between your experiences and their employee wish-list Provide evidence of your qualifications. Proofread carefully for grammatical and typographical errors. The letter should be error-free.

Appeal to company values, attitudes, goals, projects, etc.

Elaborate on the information in your resume. Don’t repeat the resume, highlight it!!

Use their words – Use the job description to help make the connection between your experiences and their employee wish-list

Provide evidence of your qualifications.

Proofread carefully for grammatical and typographical errors. The letter should be error-free.

Key Points to Remember Stress the Positive!! Professionalism is a must !! Show off your writing skills – the cover letter should be an example of your finest written work. Don’t go over a page Don’t give too much information - for example, very specific salary or geographic requirements Always customize your cover letter and don’t forget to change your contact information Maintain a friendly and professional tone throughout the letter

Stress the Positive!!

Professionalism is a must !!

Show off your writing skills – the cover letter should be an example of your finest written work.

Don’t go over a page

Don’t give too much information - for example, very specific salary or geographic requirements

Always customize your cover letter and don’t forget to change your contact information

Maintain a friendly and professional tone throughout the letter

Bad Example of a Cover Letter

Where can you go to find extra help with your cover letter? Department of Labor Various Network Group Sponsors Ask your Board of Directors Ask a Friend to review it Attend Network Group Presentations like this one for help with drafting, revising, and editing your resumes and cover letters Google the Internet Hire a resume writer “ You are the only person on this earth who can use your ability!! --Ron Drew

Department of Labor

Various Network Group Sponsors

Ask your Board of Directors

Ask a Friend to review it

Attend Network Group Presentations like this one for help with drafting, revising, and editing your resumes and cover letters

Google the Internet

Hire a resume writer

Thank You for Your Attention Questions? [email_address] “ Remember that success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go” --William Feather

Questions?

[email_address]

Add a comment

Related presentations

Tyrone  aurelio

Tyrone aurelio

November 10, 2014

CONOCE LO QUE LLEVO DENTRO

E portfolio-1

E portfolio-1

November 10, 2014

E-Portfolio

John's presentation to EMBA students on knowledge work, the innovation ethics and ...

Looking for an icebreaker that helps team members learn more about each other, imp...

Quantas vezes você pensou sobre diferentes formas de conseguir ter mais foco. São ...

Os segredos do sucesso - Dale Carnegie O livro de Dale Carnegie "Como Ganhar Ami...

Related pages

Cover Letter Workshop And. Plugme.co

Cover Letter Workshop And. Free sample cover letters for resumes examples resume cover letter example crossroads x cover letters Cover letter workshop ...
Read more

Action Words For Cover Letters. Yazh.co

Cover letter action words google play noi cover sheet cover letter action ... Verbs Rdrew Action Verbs ... Serviceresume And Cover Letter Workshop.
Read more

key points to emphasize in a cover letter

key points to emphasize in a cover letter - The cover letter should be tailored to meet the job requirements. Give the reader a strong This can be ...
Read more

Bad Resumes And. Yazh.co

Workshop Rdrew Resume Workshop Workshop . ... Examples Of Bad Resumes Good And Bad Resumes Pongo Examples Of Cover Letter For Resumes Sports.
Read more

Home [psychemgravgamb.jigsy.com]

It gets to the point where every piece of paper Mar 04, 2009 · Transcript of RDrew Cover Letter Workshop 1. Cover Letters Presented by Ron Drew, PMP 2.
Read more

Resume Workshop | LinkedIn

View 1439 Resume Workshop posts, presentations, experts, and more. Get the professional knowledge you need on LinkedIn.
Read more

Dr. Drew Official Website | DrDrew.com

Advertise On DrDrew.com; Resources; Close LATEST SHOW. Eli Braden On This Life Podcast. Listen Now. Emails From Dr. Drew. Sign up below to get emails ...
Read more

Cv Examples Good And Bad Cv Template Examples Writing A Cv ...

cv amp cover letter cv template cv amp cover letter. ... workshop rdrew resume workshop workshop . worst resume this is the worst resume ever.
Read more