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ABC of Cover Letter
ABC of Cover Letter
Cover Letter as an Absolute Must
Cover Letter as an Absolute Must
WHAT ARE EMPLOYERS LOOKING FOR
WHAT ARE EMPLOYERS LOOKING FOR
STEPS IN COMMUNICATION TO LAND A JOB
STEPS IN COMMUNICATION TO LAND A JOB
Prep Work for a Cover Letter Development
Prep Work for a Cover Letter Development
Writing Your Cover Letter -1
Writing Your Cover Letter -1
Writing Your Cover Letter -2
Writing Your Cover Letter -2
Writing Your Cover Letter -3
Writing Your Cover Letter -3
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Writing Your Cover Letter -4
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Writing Your Cover Letter -5
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Writing Your Cover Letter -6
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Writing Your Cover Letter -7
Writing Your Cover Letter -8
Writing Your Cover Letter -8
Writing Your Cover Letter -9
Writing Your Cover Letter -9
Sites to help you with Cover Letters: There are plenty of them, but
Sites to help you with Cover Letters: There are plenty of them, but
ELENA V. KORNYSHKOVA Leninsky Pr
ELENA V. KORNYSHKOVA Leninsky Pr
Options of layout
Options of layout
RULE # SUPER IMPORTANT
RULE # SUPER IMPORTANT

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1 ABC of Cover Letter

ABC of Cover Letter

Your Crucial Sales Pitch to Get to an Interview

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2 Cover Letter as an Absolute Must

Cover Letter as an Absolute Must

No Resume without Cover Letter EVER Function: Sales pitch to get Attention->Action (Interview!) Function: To get interest to read your resume from the need of the company (and the readers) point. Central MESSAGE: My background & credentials are an excellent match to the NEEDS of the COMPANY (position) Length: 0.5 1 page Quality: with a drive & total commitment, concise, no single error, perfectly organized, positive, next action-ready

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3 WHAT ARE EMPLOYERS LOOKING FOR

WHAT ARE EMPLOYERS LOOKING FOR

COMMITMENT (extremely important!) it is THE RULE of the game of writing!: Show & reconfirm: your specific interest & knowledge (industry+company), high degree of certainty of your plans. Your effort to make the Letter errors-free is a part of your COMMITMENT message too. MATURITY & CONFIDENCE (no wishy-washy language, no maybe, no if you like me messages: no hesitation!) However, no bragging, no declarations : find the best balance in self-presentation to sound mature and confident. PROFESSIONALISM Prep work: write down your advantages (why are YOU different from others?) State about quality of your education (schools), achievements, background (with a link to the needs/nature of business of the company). Uniqueness of experience, cross cultural and international mobility skills very important and hard to find on the market. Quality of your Letter is a part of your Professionalism. ADAPTABILITY & GROWTH (You are a fast learner? A hard-worker? Keep in mind that you had to work for 60-90 hours per week during your MIB/MITIM education, right?) RESPONSIBILITY

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4 STEPS IN COMMUNICATION TO LAND A JOB

STEPS IN COMMUNICATION TO LAND A JOB

Define your interests & directions. Network. Talk with & Ask Everyone about any links, background info, referrals! Internet is your Best friend in the search! Use on-line and real-life headhunting/recruiting agencies. Think of the profs who may be a great source of links, info and referrals. Think of Alumni and EMBA. Check out the lists of the companies which are GSOM partners, have hired our grads and have hired our students as interns. Letter of Interest/Request for an informational meeting is a very important tool to start learning, networking and to ask for referrals Polish your generic Resume, make several templates with different OBJECTIVEs Develop your generic Cover Letter & templates for several scenarios (e.g. a company, an employment agency) Learn about the companies you choose. Get contacts to personalize your letter. File them neatly for future reference as well. Customize Resume & Cover Letter, send them Call in 1-2 days after the Addressee may get the package to follow up (I want to reconfirm my interest!) Interview -> Thank you Letter Offer? ? Letter of Acceptance OR a Thank You Rejection-Letter ONE CAN NEVER BE TOO NICE. NEVER HESITATE TO SAY THANK YOU. IF YOU WANT SOMETHING, HAVE A GOAL AND YOU HAVE A message of appreciation IN COMMUNICATION, YOU WILL DISCOVER A LOT OF PEOPLE WILLING TO HELP YOU. BUT YOU NEED TO ASK.

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5 Prep Work for a Cover Letter Development

Prep Work for a Cover Letter Development

Even if a resume only is requested, always a Cover Letter shall accompany it Prepare a collection of handy phrases & templates for future usage (see below) Make a personal stationary looking doc (see below) Make a list of your strengths for a particular case of the company and its needs Organize info about the company and major contacts, including telephone ## to follow up Dont build ceilings for yourself. Write to high-level contacts & make yourself globally and nationally mobile.

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6 Writing Your Cover Letter -1

Writing Your Cover Letter -1

ALWAYS personalize it! Be concise but clear for understanding. Focus readers attention to your selling points Typesetting shall give it the sharpest image. Proofreading is crucial. Spellchecking is a must but is NOT a substitute for repeated proofreading. Ask others to proofread it additionally to your own proofreading.

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7 Writing Your Cover Letter -2

Writing Your Cover Letter -2

Return Address: Your Street Address, Apt.# City, Country Zip (no comma between Country & Zip) Tel. (first the current, then additional, if any) E-Mail: (Location on the page is either Central, in bold, OR on the right top side) DATE either under Your address it is on the right side, or OVER the Addressee information on the right or left side The Addressee: 2 lines beneath the date. Always find the name & title before you send out anything! Mr. (Ms.) full name (double-check the spelling!) Full title Full company name Street address, suite # (Ste. 205) City/country/zip

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8 Writing Your Cover Letter -3

Writing Your Cover Letter -3

The Salutation: 2 Lines under the companys address. Should begin with Mr. or Ms. (never Mrs. unless the person herself uses the abbreviation), then followed with the last name and a colon (:). Even if you have spoken with the person and he/she asked to be called by first name, never use the first name in the salutation. Content: Avoid using abbreviations unknown for the reader. It is not a job of the reader to figure out what you mean. Use action verbs rather than process verbs. In Paragraph#1 state immediately & concisely the purpose of the letter (position/function you wish to be considered for). In the last paragraph specifically request an interview or mention that you will be calling to request an interview (call 1-2 days after the person gets your Cover Letter & Resume) Your Cover Letter should give appearance of being a half or ? page long

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9 Writing Your Cover Letter -4

Writing Your Cover Letter -4

Paragraph #1 the opening phrase I am strongly interested in an internship opportunity/opportunity to participate in a project at ..during July-August 2009 in Europe or Russia. OR I am very interested in obtaining a position with your company. OR Maria Ivanova, director of suggested that I contact you regarding an opening you may have for a .(position)/regarding a potential entry-level management opening at your company. OR I am writing in response to your St.Petersburg Times /company website advertisement for the position of.. OR I would like to explore the possibility of joining your organization as .., perhaps in your Finance Division . OR I am writing in reference to your opening for an Intern position/..which I learned of through the Career Center at the Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg State University (OR any appropriate phrase from any samples of Cover Letters). Possible continuation (may be placed in the end of your Letter instead): I strongly believe that my education from the best business school in Russia, excellent cross-cultural training, foreign languages proficiency and my commitment to work at your company qualify me for . Make this phrase crisp /short/bold and rather hard-hitting

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10 Writing Your Cover Letter -5

Writing Your Cover Letter -5

Paragraph #2 Explain why your background makes you the best candidate for the position by stating your qualifications benefitting the company. Be brief but emphasize the points which will show how you will contribute to the company. The Cover Letter is not to summarize your background additionally to Resume, but to highlight 1-2 of your achievements/abilities to make you stand out from the crowd, be remembered and be invited to an Interview. Just several ideas: I am a master student of a unique Master in International Technology & Innovations Management (MITIM) double-degree international program run by a top business school in Russia (Graduate School of Management at St. Petersburg State University) and a leading technology university in Finland (School of Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology). Though I still have another year of learning before I graduate, I have a strong interest to apply my knowledge and skills as a summer intern during July-August 2009. My previous background includes not only an undergraduate degree in , but also professional work experience in .. I am a master student of the Master in International Business (MIB) program at the Graduate School of Management at St.Petersburg State University which is a leading Russian business school with the most important prestigious world accreditations. Besides gaining excellent education of the best world standards, I have got consulting experience as a member of a consulting team at .. responsible for a 8 week project. I am graduating from .. In addition to a strong background in business and management, I have studied .(the course necessary for the job you are apply for/company needs). I am sure my fluency in and one semester of studying at .. will also prove to be particularly useful in this position.

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11 Writing Your Cover Letter -6

Writing Your Cover Letter -6

Paragraph #3 Describe your interest in the company and familiarity with the industry by using your company research results. I am attracted to by your recent fast growth in Russia and a superior reputation of your products. OR I am particularly interested in working for.because of its long-standing reputation in the market and extensive expansion to . OR Continue to elaborate on the strengths which would constitute a high value of you as a candidate for a further international success of the company. I also offer a great deal of work experience, having worked as for I have additional project management experience as a part of a team of .. At.. These jobs have given me valuable insight into the corporate world. It also strengthened my interest in . OR I also have important work experience as In this position, I OR I have held a number of sales-related positions which I greatly enjoyed. In addition, I am a true people person and a hard worker who loves a good challenge.

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12 Writing Your Cover Letter -7

Writing Your Cover Letter -7

Final Paragraph In this closing paragraph, ask for an interview. Include your phone # and the hours when you can be reached if its relevant. As an alternative, mention that you will follow up with a phone call within the next several days. Call in 1-2 days. If no luck ask about the best time to reach the person. You are showing your Commitment. I would appreciate a chance to meet with you or your colleagues at the earliest convenience. I am best reached between 3 and 5 p.m. at +7 911 151 8643 OR I would greatly appreciate a chance to speak further with you or your colleague, regarding any opportunities for internship/employment at .. Department / at your company. OR I will be calling you the week of April 20th to make sure that you received my resume. Perhaps we could schedule a short meeting/interview at this time? OR I would greatly appreciate the chance to speak with you further, regarding this or other opportunity for internship/employment at your company. OR I have enclosed/attached my resume for your review. Please feel free to call me to discuss any questions that you may have. I look forward to our meeting. OR I would be very grateful if you would consider me for any project/internship positions that you may have openings for. OR I look forward to any opportunity to meet with you to further discuss the value which my qualifications may bring to your company. OR I would very much like to become a part of your team. I look forward to hearing from you/I will be glad about any opportunity to meet with you when your schedule permits. OR I would greatly appreciate if you can forward my Resume to your colleagues with whom I can meet to discuss how I can bring a good value to your companys further success OR I look forward to meeting you. I would like to give you a call to follow up on this letter in the end of next week.

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13 Writing Your Cover Letter -8

Writing Your Cover Letter -8

The Closing Should begin with 2 lines under the body of the letter. Should be aligned with your return address (if it is positioned towards the top right side) and the date. Keep the closing simple (Sincerely or With my best wishes). 4 lines underneath this and aligned with the Sincerely, state your full name, preferably with your initial of the middle name (patronymic name). Sign above your stated name. The Enclosure Line It is to help your employer to see you as a detail-oriented, meticulous professional if you include an enclosure/an attachment line at the bottom of the letter: Enc./Encl. Att.

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14 Writing Your Cover Letter -9

Writing Your Cover Letter -9

Write your Cover Letter. Proofread it. Can you see Commitment(Interest)-Maturity-Professionalism-Adaptability-Responsibility message in it? Does it take very short time to understand the purpose of the letter? If you were the Company, would you like to switch to reading the attached Resume? Do you see any points which match the needs of the Company? Would you hire the Author of the Cover Letter and Resume? What would irritate you or make comprehension of the Letter (and Resume) difficult/uncomfortable?

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15 Sites to help you with Cover Letters: There are plenty of them, but

Sites to help you with Cover Letters: There are plenty of them, but

use your critical thinking skills to use the samples really matching your needs. Give preference to English-language sources since Cover Letter writing has a totally western nature. Therefore, Russian standards are a fruit of the Western standards. The Look of your Cover Letter in Russian may vary, but always remember that it should be very structured and easy to understand your focus points.

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16 ELENA V. KORNYSHKOVA Leninsky Pr

ELENA V. KORNYSHKOVA Leninsky Pr

, Apt. St.Petersburg, Russia 196066 +7 911 151 8643 (mob) ekornychkova@yandex.ru Ms. Jane Black Director, Marketing Department PPPQ-Russia Address is optional March 20, 2009 Dear Ms. Black:

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Leninsky Prosp. , Apt St.Petersburg, Russia 196066 Tel: +7 812 373 6262 E-Mail: ekornychkova@yandex.ru March 25, 2009 Ms. Jane Black HR Director PPPQ-Russia Address is optional Dear Ms. Black: I am writing to express my great interest in any internship opportunity at PPPQ-Russia during July-August 2009. .. I am looking for hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Elena Kornyshkova

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RULE # SUPER IMPORTANT

LEARN ABOUT OPPORTUNITY & COMPANY. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS. GET CONTACT INFO. PROOFREAD SEVERAL TIMES! We love to miss a lot of mistakes which can have a harming effect. GET INTO EMPLOYERS SHOES & READ AGAIN: Would you hire yourself? If NO, then seek advice. Re-make your Cover Letter & Resume. Proof-read it. Every tiny detail matters. Follow up with a telephone call. Never give up until you hear NO from the company! Continue to work with other alternatives meanwhile.

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