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Need some help writing a cover letter..?

So I'm writing a cover letter for a teacher helper position, I am currently working at a day care, I've been there for almost two years now.. I need some help on what else to write on my cover letter..
Any ideas would be greatly apprecitated! 🙂

Posted by *lozt_iin_lov3*
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Cover Letter?
With a few words of the cover letter, you want to convince the reader that you are the one for the job you apply for. That is, you may indicate that you have the skills and the knowledge they want. You may also show that you are informed about the goals and the tasks of the new "firm." Best would be to study the suggestions on the Internet and then transform them to meet your objectives. You may want to look up the web sites given below. Your questions shows that you are a considerate person. I wish you the best luck!

1) Cover letters
To draft an effective cover letter, you need to indicate that you know something about the employing organization. Sometimes, even with research efforts, …
Http://www.career.vt.edu/JOBSEARC/covers…

2) Cover Letter Guide for Job Seekers
JobStar.org: Examples, advice & templates for a good cover lettter; when to use a cover letter; sample cover letters and more.
Jobstar.org/tools/resume/cletters.php

3) Cover Letters – Cover Letter Writing and Samples
Cover letter writing, cover letter samples, as well as tips and tools for writing effective cover letters and other job search correspondence.
Jobsearch.about.com/od/coverletters/Cover_Letters.htm

4) Cover Letter Samples – Cover Letter Samples for Resumes
Cover letter samples are included in this cover letter writing guide. Review cover letter samples and examples for a variety of employment situations.
Jobsearch.about.com/…/coverlettersamples/…/coverlettsample.htm.

What s a Cover Letter?

I am applying for an Internship Position, only I have never written a cover letter before, any examples would be very much appreciated.

Posted by Kelsey Yeslek
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A cover letter or covering letter or motivation letter or motivational letter or letter of motivation is a letter of introduction attached to, or accompanying another document such as a resume or curriculum vitae.

Explain why you are sending a resume.
Don't send a resume without a cover letter.
Don't make the reader guess what you are asking for; be specific: Do you want a summer internship opportunity, or a permanent position at graduation; are you inquiring about future employment possibilities?

Tell specifically how you learned about the position or the organization — a flyer posted in your department, a web site, a family friend who works at the organization. It is appropriate to mention the name of someone who suggested that you write.

Convince the reader to look at your resume.
The cover letter will be seen first.
Therefore, it must be very well written and targeted to that employer.

Call attention to elements of your background — education, leadership, experience — that are relevant to a position you are seeking. Be as specific as possible, using examples.

Reflect your attitude, personality, motivation, enthusiasm, and communication skills.

Provide or refer to any information specifically requested in a job advertisement that might not be covered in your resume, such as availability date, or reference to an attached writing sample.

Indicate what you will do to follow-up.

In a letter of application — applying for an advertised opening — applicants often say something like "I look forward to hearing from you." However, if you have further contact info (e.g. Phone number) and if the employer hasn't said "no phone calls," it's better to take the initiative to follow-up, saying something like, "I will contact you in the next two weeks to see if you require any additional information regarding my qualifications."

In a letter of inquiry — asking about the possibility of an opening — don't assume the employer will contact you. You should say something like, "I will contact you in two weeks to learn more about upcoming employment opportunities with (name of organization)." Then mark your calendar to make the call.

(Example)
Your Street Address
City, State Zip Code
Telephone Number
E-mail Address

Month, Day, Year

Mr./Ms./Dr. FirstName LastName
Title
Name of Organization
Street or P. O. Box Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. LastName:

Opening paragraph: State why you are writing; how you learned of the organization or position, and basic information about yourself.

2nd paragraph: Tell why you are interested in the employer or type of work the employer does (Simply stating that you are interested does not tell why, and can sound like a form letter). Demonstrate that you know enough about the employer or position to relate your background to the employer or position. Mention specific qualifications which make you a good fit for the employer’s needs. (Focus on what you can do for the employer, not what the employer can do for you.) This is an opportunity to explain in more detail relevant items in your resume. Refer to the fact that your resume is enclosed. Mention other enclosures if such are required to apply for a position.

3rd paragraph: Indicate that you would like the opportunity to interview for a position or to talk with the employer to learn more about their opportunities or hiring plans. State what you will do to follow up, such as telephone the employer within two weeks. If you will be in the employer’s location and could offer to schedule a visit, indicate when. State that you would be glad to provide the employer with any additional information needed. Thank the employer for her/his consideration.

Sincerely,

(Your handwritten signature [on hard copy])

Your name typed
(In case of e-mail, your full contact info appears below your printed name [instead of at the top, as for hard copy], and of course there is no handwritten signature)

Enclosure(s) (refers to resume, etc.)

Cover Letter?

If you were an employer, what would you look for in a cover letter if you were in the position of hiring someone for your firm? Why?

Posted by Serious1
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IMHO Cover letters are way over-rated.

I co-own a couple of small independent insurance adjusting companies and when we hire I blow off most cover letters. I go to the resume to see their experience. I don't care if they can right a suck-up cover letter, but I do care about experience and knowledge.

During my days in working in a corporate cubicle farm I saw a manager toss out a cover letter/resume because the applicant spelled the mgrs wrong on the cover letter. When I reviewed the resume the person was very qualified.

If you are hiring for your firm, I recommend finding whatever works for you.

If you are the one applying (especially to a insurance company) do a cover letter as the HR depts at insurance companies eat that stuff up.

Either way, good luck.

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