by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., and Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Your cover letter (also sometimes referred to as a letter of introduction, letter of application, or employment letter) is a vital part of your job-search correspondence package.
Think your cover letter is ready to be seen by employers? To be sure, use this checklist to guarantee that you’ve written the most dynamic (and powerful) cover letter possible.
Cover Letter Checklist for Job-Seekers
| Cover Letter Basics:
Appearance and Inclusion of Vital Information:
Tone and Appeal to the Reader:
Avoidance of Major Cover-Letter Mistakes:
Enhancing the Value of your Cover Letter as a Job-Search Marketing Tool:
Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker’s Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.
Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers, is an educator, author, and blogger who provides content for Quintessential Careers, edits QuintZine, an electronic newsletter for jobseekers, and blogs about storytelling in the job search at A Storied Career. Katharine, who earned her PhD in organizational behavior from Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH, is author of Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates and A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market (both published by Ten Speed Press), as well as Top Notch Executive Resumes (Career Press); and with Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., Dynamic Cover Letters, Write Your Way to a Higher GPA (Ten Speed), and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Study Skills (Alpha). Visit her personal Website or reach her by e-mail at kathy(at)quintcareers.com. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.
Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers