IT 10: Cover Letter

A cover letter is a formal letter that accompanies your resume. Use it to introduce yourself to potential employers, and to convince them that you’re the right person for the job. Your cover letter does not simply re-state your resume—it offers some new information, and it highlights the skills you have that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.

The three main objectives of your cover letter are to:

  1. introduce yourself, identify the position you are applying for, and explain how you found out about the position;
  2. explain how you are qualified for the position and why you would be a great fit for the job;
  3. request an interview and thank the employer.

Tasks:

  1. Click here to download a sample cover letter.
  2. Use the sample to create a template and update the cover letter with relevant information pertaining to an entry-level position (i.e. non-management) for one of these companies:
    • Footlocker
    • Futureshop
    • London Drugs
    • McDonalds
    • Safeway
    • Subway
    • White Spot
  3. Proofread the cover letter. You may use the spelling and grammar check but do not rely solely on them. Your writing should be concise and flow in a logical sequence. It is recommended that you get a friend or a peer to review your cover letter.

Evaluation

Criteria 4 = Exceeding Expectations 3 = Fully Meeting 2 = Minimally Meeting 1 = Not Meeting
Resume

HR will complete reviewing the resume.Enough relevant content; no irrelevant content.No spelling or grammar errors.

Visually pleasing; no inconsistencies.

HR will complete reviewing the resume.Enough relevant content; some irrelevant content.Minor inconsistencies. HR will only review part of the resume.Not enough relevant content or too much irrelevant content.Noticeable inconsistencies

HR will not consider the resume.Resume is incomplete.Formatting is unacceptable.

Poor choice of font, format or layout.

Cover Letter

HR Manager will read the entire cover letter and shortlist in the “yes” pile.Cover letter has relevant content.No spelling/grammar errors.

Visually pleasing; no inconsistencies.

 

HR will read the entire cover letter and put in “maybe” pile.Cover letter has relevant content.Few spelling/grammar errors.

Minor inconsistencies.

HR will only read part of the cover letter.Cover letter  has some irrelevant content.Some spelling/grammar errors.

Noticeable inconsistencies

HR will not consider cover letter.Cover letter is incomplete.Many spelling/grammar errors.

Poor choice of font, format or layout.

 

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