Cover Letter: Part 3

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. 

Aside from the content on the page, the actual look and feel of the document is also an important aspect of the your letter. Elements such as margins, font size and style, and alignment all factor in to the hiring manager’s overall impression of you.

Here are a few quick tips when styling your own:

  1. 1” – 1.5” margins are always a safe bet. If you are having trouble fitting everything on one page, there is some wiggle room, but be careful not to make the content look crammed together.
  2. Don’t go below a 12-point font unless absolutely necessary. Anything below 12 can strain the eyes.
  3. Font style is really a matter of preference. Try to choose one that looks professional or that matches what the employer uses on their website. Keep in mind that different styles will change the size of the font.
  4. Maintain a uniform alignment throughout. We suggest keeping all paragraphs left-aligned.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Is your cover letter following the guideline?
  • If not, revise according to the guideline.

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Red Flags

I have “Red Flags” in my work or personal history — should I address them in my Cover Letter?

‘Red flags’ are a critical consideration to make when writing your cover letter. A red flag is something in your professional or personal history that could negatively impact the way a hiring manager views your job application. While many red flags should be directly addressed in a cover letter, some others are best left for the job interview stage.

The following list is of 8 of the biggest cover letter red flags. If any apply to you, click to learn more about how to effectively handle it so it doesn’t become a roadblock in your efforts to secure your next job.

  1. I want a career change/ I’ve job hopped in the past
  2. I need to relocate for the job
  3. I have gaps in employment on my resume
  4. I was terminated from a previous job
  5. I’ve been laid off before
  6. I was previously self-employed
  7. I have a medical issues/disability
  8. I have a criminal history

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Do you have any red flags that you want to address? Click the links to do further reading, then revise your cover letter with your Cambly tutor.

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