Cover Letter (Application Letter)

or "Please consider my enclosed curriculum vitae."

Who needs to send a cover letter?

Well, do you want the job?

 

Directions

First - Listen to Sinks and Rogan explain what a cover letter is, how it is formatted and why it is important.

Read the following two short articles:

  1. Who Needs a Cover Letter? from Jobstar.org
  2. Purposes and Information from St. Cloud State

 

Additional Examples & Resources

 

Cover Letter Format

Intro

State your intentions in the first sentence

My unique mix of previous work experience and my status as a Stetson University business student in my junior year studying marketing, make me an ideal candidate for a summer internship with Universal Orlando.

Body

Emphasize what you can do for the employer by reflecting specifically on the qualifications listed in the actual job posting.

More importantly, an internship with Universal Orlando would be mutually beneficial. Your company has an excellent reputation for customer satisfaction, and I know that the combination of my experience, education, and motivation to excel will make me an asset to your marketing department.

Conclusion

Close with good will. Request follow-up.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to scheduling an interview... I can be reached at .... I realize how busy you are... If I don't hear from you...

The quotes on the right in the chart below come from the sample letter at the QuintCarrers.com and the brains of Sinks and Rogie

 

 

First Year's Assignment

Write a Cover Letter to one of the four companies you are interviewing for. Address the letter to a specific second year in that company

In your opening sentence, the job you are applying for is listed below:

Go online to get the local address for each of these businesses in order to address your letter properly.

Your letter must:

Second Year's Assignment

Write a Cover Letter to the company you plan (or hope) to intern with in early November

Save as "coverletter" in your "Trimester 1" folder