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Your Cover Letter
Because a cover letter is your first chance to
make a lasting impression with a hiring manager, it must be professional.
To accomplish this:
1. Always use the same
heading for your cover letter that you have used in your resume.
2. Whenever possible,
use the hiring manager’s name. This
personalizes the document and shows attention to detail.
3. Include in your
opening paragraph what job you’re interested in and a specific reason as to
why you feel qualified for this position.
Include in the body of the letter the specific experience, skills or
accomplishments from your past that dovetail with the requirements of the new
job. This data should be bulleted,
rather than presented in a solid block of text.
The human eye is drawn to bulleted areas, and they provide the data in
an easy-to-read format, so that the hiring manager can digest the information
from one sentence before moving on to the others.
Examples of bulleted
my enclosed résumé indicates, my background includes more than two decades
of service at US Flight with significant experience in:
accident investigation as a member of the US Flight disaster team.
checkpoints, where I handled countless calls for assistance.
the Ground Security team to protect and promote public safety.
addition to the above skills, I can also offer your firm:
than 30 years of experience in the airline industry.
in dealing with government agencies, including the FAA where I facilitated
communications to reduce
absenteeism and occupational injuries -- standards I maintained at US Flight,
where I achieved
the best employee safety record of all US Flight cities.
5. If the letter is being addressed to a specific hiring manager, close your
letter proactively indicating that you will be contacting the hiring
manager’s office within the next week to see if you might set up a time to
Your Cover Letter by “Snail” Mail
With today’s technology, most resumes and
cover letters are sent as attachments via email.
However, if you have reason to send your cover letter and resume by
“snail” mail, the documents should be printed on good bond paper (20 lbs.)
with a watermark. Choose a color that evokes professionalism; the
best choices are white or cream, though a light gray can also be considered.