Part of Lesson Plan: Letter of Introduction or Cover Letters
Activity Overview / Details
Discuss the importance of the cover letter/letter of introduction. It is usually the first piece of an application that is read. It does not get you the job but you want it to get you an interview .
Show attached cartoon about Adam.
As a commercial says, "You never get a second chance to
make a first impression."Your cover letter is a potential
employer's first impression of you and can be the most vital part
of the application packet. A well written letter entices the
employer to read your resume. A poorly constructed cover letter may
doom your resume to the "No Need to Read" pile. The same can be
said for a college or scholarship application that includes an
introductory letter. It is important to highlight your skills,
knowledge, and experience. These will indicate what you can
contribute to the company or school. Effective cover letters
must convey a sense of purpose and project enthusiasm.
A "form" cover letter rarely does this. Researching the employer, college, or scholarship prior to writing the cover letter, this will give you the opportunity to effectively personalize your letter.
Show the power point-Cover letter tips and suggestions.
Highlight the important items mentioned. Many students believe that "minor" errors won't hurt them when it comes to applying for a job, scholarship or college. Stress this wrong impression.