Cover Letters ON-RAMP TO I-BEST: CAREER PORTFOLIO Recap: Elevator Speeches Brief introduction of yourself Include: Name, education/experience, goal Use when meeting someone face-face for the 1st time Recap: Resumes Introduce yourself in writing Adds information to a job application Helps you stand out from other applicants Your cover letter is important! You can elaborate on your background and skills. You can show why you’re unique from other applicants. You want to tailor your cover letter to each specific job you are applying for. Sections of a Cover Letter SALUTATION OPENING Talk about the company. Mention where you saw the position advertised or how you were referred to the company. BODY Acknowledge the skills required by the position. State the skills/strengths you will bring to the job. Give examples of your skills and work experience. CLOSING State that you are available for a personal interview. Your cover letter AND your resume make your first impression. Check format: Ex. Font, Bold, Underline, Bullets Check spelling: Use spell check in Microsoft Word.