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Career Resources: Job Letters

Cover Letters

Cover letters are an important part of the job application process. Each Resume or Curriculum Vitae must be accompanied by a cover letter. It is expected! The cover letter is your formal introduction to the prospective employer and is divided into three main parts:
  • The introduction – an opening statement which affirms your motivation for putting forward the application and also identifies specifically what position you wish to be considered for.
  • The Body – in the section you provide some specific details about yourself and also seek to show why you are a good candidate for the position which you have expressed an interest in. This is where you seek to match your skills and experience against those identified by the prospective employer. Summarize your information and point to the fact that further details are contained in your attached Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • The Close – this is the final section of your cover letter. It ends by re-affirming your interest in the position and invites the prospective employer to review your Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
Kindly note that your cover letter should be no more than one page.


Letters of Inquiry

A letter of inquiry as the name suggests is simply a letter written by an individual to a company enquiring about any possible vacancies. It is en essence an offer of a service or skill to a prospective employer.

Letters of inquiry can be a result of personal observation about the expressed needs of a company, word or mouth or may even be a proactive response to information contained in such documents as Annual Reports of Companies.

The letter must be simple, professional, well constructed and must make your point without delay.

Thank-You Letters

Few job seekers either remember or take the time to send a thank-you letter to the executive who recently interviewed them for a vacant position. The thank-you letter is an additional step in the interview process and will keep you in full focus of the interviewer. It also demonstrates your interest in the position, summarizes your understanding of the meeting and finally, gives you an opportunity to thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. This letter should be brief and should not run for more than one page.

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