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700 W. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383 (Your Address)
April 6, 2017 (Today's Date)
Ms. Breanna Jones
Human Resources Manager
500 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19118 (Employer's Address)
Dear Ms. Jones:
Opening Paragraph (Length: 2-4 short sentences): PROVOKE INTEREST
Use an opening sentence that clearly and concisely states your reason for writing. Mention the position about which you are corresponding. There is room for creativity but be appropriate. Use an "Interest Creating Sentence" to:
Give information to show your specific interest in the company. Similar to a thesis statement, identify why your unique skills, education, and related experiences would make you an asset.
Body of the Letter (Length: 1-2 short paragraphs): STIR CURIOSITY
Share examples of key educational, work, and extracurricular experiences that demonstrate your strengths, competencies and abilities. Align your skills and experiences with the needs of the employer as stated in the job description. Demonstrate what you can contribute in this role. Select items on your resume that are directly related to the position or organization and expand on them. Do not simply repeat what is on your resume! Researching both the position and company will facilitate the writing of this second/third paragraph(s). Give details of your background that will show the reader why you should be considered as a candidate and how you can add value.
Closing Paragraph (Length: 2-3 short sentences): REITERATE GOAL
Take time to thank the employer for looking over your application materials, and restate your interest in the position and/or organization. Include a "confidence statement" as a summary without introducing new information (e.g., I am confident that my customer service experiences and marketing training have me well-positioned to contribute to your team). Also, express your willingness to follow up with more information if needed, and provide your phone number and email address for contact. Refer the reader to your enclosed resume or other materials.
Rammy W. Chester (Type your name under your handwritten signature)
When an employer requests a salary history (what you've earned in the past) or salary requirements (what you hope to earn in this job), many job seekers find themselves at a loss. You don't want to price yourself out of a job, but you don't want the employer to offer less than the going rate for the position. So what's the right answer?
Some of this information is courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.