Create a cover letter that is formatted properly and communicates the fit between your skills and the employer’s requirements
Job Example: The University of Arizona is seeking to fill out a position of a Mathematics professor.
Requirements: Must have at least a Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics and pass a background check
• Find a job description that interests you. • Write a cover letter for the position you selected. o Utilize the guidelines and cover letter samples provided in the MBA Career Management Guide (located in the Table of Contents
What is a Cover Letter?
A supplementary document to market your skills more effectively. Professional Experience Professional Skills Interest in the position and/or company Provides an opportunity to make the connection between what the employer is looking for and what you can offer.
What is the purpose of a Cover Letter?
To persuade a prospective employer to read your resume To express your passion and interest in the position and company
COVER LETTER FORMATS
Types of Cover Letters Letter of Application Used when applying for a specific position Prospecting Letter Used to express interest in an organization and inquire about possible openings Networking Letter Used as a way to approach an individual for information about their organization, functional discipline, etc.
Cover Letter Format Business Letter format Written formally and professionally Addressed to an individual contact, when possible Customized to the position you are applying for One-page
COVER LETTER GUIDELINES Guidelines Salutation Greet the reader in a formal, professional manner Address to an individual contact, if possibly First Paragraph Introduce yourself and state why you are writing Describe your unique interest in the company/position Make your connection with the organization Were you referred by someone? How did you become aware of the position? Second Paragraph Explain what you have to offer the organization Connect the employers needs to your skills Third Paragraph Thank the reader for their time and consideration Articulate how you will follow-up
SAMPLE COVER LETTERS
See the Career Management Guide Letter of Application Samples – pages 36-40 Prospecting Letters Samples – page 42 Networking Letter Samples – page 44