Friday, October 19, 2012

Cover Letters


cover letter is a type of business letter that's sent to an employer when you're applying for a job. A cover letter explains to the employer why you want a particular job and what makes you qualified for it.

Cover letters explain your experience and qualifications in detail. The ability to write a good cover letter shows employers that you have strong communication skills.

A cover letter should be less than one page long. It's also important for a cover letter to be single-spaced, clearly written, without errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation.

Click on the image below to see a sample cover letter with helpful guidelines. 


Here are a few cover letter tips from Quintessential Careers:
  • Whenever possible, address your cover letter to a named individual
  • Grab the reader's attention by writing an appealing first paragraph
  • Highlight your three to four key accomplishments/skills/experiences
  • Focus on the fit between your qualifications and the job requirements
  • Whenever possible, relate yourself to the company
  • Never include any negative information
  • End your letter by requesting an interview
  • Mention that you will follow-up your letter -- and then do so
  • Cover letters should be kept to under one page; electronic versions even shorter
  • Avoid all types of mistakes, including typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors


Read Write Think always comes up with fun, interactive tools, such as...


Check out this handy dandy Resume Generator!

Now, when the time comes to apply for a job, you will be set! I look forward to your cover letters. If you create a resume, I'd love to see that too!


Margaret C. November 7, 2012 at 9:27 PM

These are wonderful! The first image is especially helpful, because it explains what to do in the most basic way. Easy to understand and follow!

Anna F November 14, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Very helpful! This blog is the coolest!

Mckensie Bales December 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

This is great, Thank you!

Cookie December 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

A resume generator?!? Cool!

Elaine VB December 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Thanks for all the helpful information. It is great to have a resource for finding out how to do this without searching the web to find a reliable source.

Angel December 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The resume generator is cool because it helps you when you need to write a resume.

Eleanor f December 6, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Thank you for the information on this blog for a cover letter. I have already turned in my cover letter so hopefully it will not have any errors.

KYLE Hoskins December 6, 2012 at 11:06 AM

wow i didn't know there was things like that

Andrew B December 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

This is very helpful thanks!

KYLE Hoskins December 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM

im gonna try some of those things

Acacia Flynn December 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Thank you so much! These are great advice!

Dana Davis December 6, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Very helpful! thank you!

Rachel Collins December 6, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Oh wow! this is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Connor December 6, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I am definitely going to try some of the things listed above!

Stephen o December 7, 2012 at 8:24 AM

K12 should of used these images for cover letters for Section 2 instead of the ones that they did use.

Mrs. S December 7, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you find this post helpful. More to come!

Brooks Maxwell December 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Hello everyone!!

Cheyanne Moisher December 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Thanks, this was really helpful.

Hannah-Shey H December 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM

This. This is good for reference. I will note this.

Desiree schlegel December 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Super helpful! :)

Kendra December 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I'm glad I learned about cover letters because now when I apply for a job I will know how to arrange it. :)

Ian A December 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

This was interesting- cover letters are sooo important.

Emily January 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

My cover letter was easy thanks to your class. All though it kind of was putting forth my good side and didn't show any qualities that I could improve.

A.J January 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Thanks for teaching us about this,Now When i apply for a job I know how to writ one thanks

MariaA January 24, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Cover letters are really important in business today, if you want a resume to get noticed a strong cover letter is a good start. The generator was fun too.

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