Cover Letter: Part 1

Before the lesson, make sure you have sent your resume to your tutor through Cambly’s messaging system. You can send an attachment by clicking the following button when you are logged on to Cambly’s website.

If you are not familiar with how to write a cover letter in English, you can download the following template as a guideline:

This following content has been modified from ResumeGenius. See the original article here.


Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is a one-page document that you send along with your resume when you apply for a position. This cover letter:

  • Introduces yourself to the hiring manager/employer
  • Describes why you’d fit the job well
  • Enhance and explains your resume

Content Format Guide: 4 Steps

1. Contact Information

The first thing to include is both your and the employer’s contact information. There are different ways you can format this section, for example:

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Is your contact information following the guideline?
  • If not, revise according to the guideline.

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

2. Introduction

Before you start writing, be sure you know to whom you’re writing. Beginning with “Dear sir or madame” doesn’t sound genuine. Find out the name of the hiring manager’s name by calling or looking it up online.

Introduce yourself

Begin the letter by telling them the what position you’re applyng for and how you became interested in it. Next, include your basic information including:

  • Degree
  • Area of expertise/study
  • How your career goals align with the organization

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Who are you writing to?
  • What is the name of the hiring manager for the company you are trying to apply to?
  • Are you being clear about which position you are applying to?
  • Are you being clear and concise about the basic information about yourself?
  • Revise your introduction with your Cambly tutor.

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

3. Sell Yourself

For the second paragraph, respond to the job description. Explain how your abilities and experiences will help you met the organization’s needs. Use words and phrases from the description in your explanation.

For a third paragraph, you can do some research about the organization to find out what they’re doing and goals they have. Then, explain how you can help them achieve those goals.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Discuss which format suits your current situation and goals.
  • Choose the format from the 3 mentioned above.
  • Reorganize the information in your resume.
  • Make sure you have finished this step before moving onto Part 2.

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

4. Conclusion

End the cover letter with the “call to action,” which says you’d like an interview and will follow up in a week. Be sure to thank them for their time.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Discuss which format suits your current situation and goals.
  • Choose the format from the 3 mentioned above.
  • Reorganize the information in your resume.
  • Make sure you have finished this step before moving onto Part 2.

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