Formatting Your Cover Letter

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Because a cover letter is your first chance tomake a lasting impression with a hiring manager, it must be professional. To accomplish this:

1. Always use the sameheading for your cover letter that you have used in your resume.

2. Whenever possible, usethe hiring manager’s name.  Thispersonalizes the document and shows attention to detail.

3. Include in your openingparagraph what job you’re interested in and a specific reason as to why youfeel qualified for this position.

4. Include in the body of the letter the specific experience, skills oraccomplishments from your past that dovetail with the requirements of the newjob.  This data should be bulleted,rather than presented in a solid block of text. The human eye is drawn to bulleted areas, and they provide the data in aneasy-to-read format, so that the hiring manager can digest the information fromone sentence before moving on to the others.

Examples of bulleted areasfollow:

Asmy enclosed résumé indicates, my background includes more than two decades ofservice at US Flight with significant experience in:

  • Aircraft accident investigation as a member of the US Flight disaster team.

  • Security checkpoints, where I handled countless calls for assistance.

  • Training the Ground Security team to protect and promote public safety.

Inaddition to the above skills, I can also offer your firm:

  • More than 30 years of experience in the airline industry.
  • Expertise in dealing with government agencies, including the FAA where I facilitated communications to reduce company fines.
  • Reduced absenteeism and occupational injuries -- standards I maintained at US Flight, where I achieved the best employee safety record of all US Flight cities.

5.If the letter is being addressed to a specific hiring manager, close your letterproactively indicating that you will be contacting the hiring manager’s officewithin the next week to see if you might set up a time to meet.

SendingYour Cover Letter by “Snail†Mail

With today’s technology, most resumes and coverletters are sent as attachments via email.  However,if you have reason to send your cover letter and resume by “snail†mail, thedocuments should be printed on good bond paper (20 lbs.) with a watermark. Choose a color that evokes professionalism; the best choices are white or cream,though a light gray can also be considered. Get a Resume that Gets Results!