When you apply for a new job, you should write a good cover letter explaining why you are qualified for the position. Hiring managers form their first impressions of an applicant from statements made in the cover letter, and they use it to decide whether the resume is worth a further look.
Type your cover letter on quality paper using a clear, easily readable font. The letter should be written in standard business letter format. Templates and examples can be found online.
In your first paragraph, clearly state the position you are applying for and how you heard about the job opening. Often companies have more than one position open, so it is important to be as specific as possible.
Begin your second paragraph with a brief introduction and list the reasons you feel you are qualified for the job. Tailor your qualifications and skill sets to the specific position you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for an elementary teaching position, you will want to highlight your educational background, teaching certification, subject specializations and any previous employment experience you have in teaching or working with younger children. Mention any awards or special recognition you may have received in similar employment. Back up your qualifications by stating examples of what you can do for the company specifically, using research you have done on the company.
In your final paragraph, refer to your enclosed resume and ask that it be given consideration. Request an interview and include the best time to contact you and the manner in which you prefer to be contacted. Do not forget to thank the reader for his time and consideration.
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