Mrs. Lindy Brazil
A cover letter is a letter of introduction in which you present
yourself to your prospective employer. It has to be clear,
self-contained, simple and a good read the first time around.
RESEARCH TIP #1:
This is the "why I am the best person for the job". Why are you
interested in this position or organization? Hiring managers are
looking to understand why you would be right for their position
and company. Write the cover letter with the employer's needs in
mind - not your own. Don't describe what YOU want, but explain
what you can do for the employer.
RESEARCH TIP #2:
This is the "why I'm qualified and why you should hire me" part.
Choose one of your greatest accomplishments and re-tell
it in a "story-like" narrative. the employer will remember your
"stories" and see that you are an exceptional candidate.
RESEARCH TIP #3:
Show that you know something about the company and the industry.
This is where your research comes in. Don't go overboard--just
make it clear that you didn't pick this company out of the phone
The Cuyamaca Library recommends you look at these library
Handbook is a starting point to get career background, job
trends, working conditions, salaries. Examine the job
descriptions and explain how your skills relate to the job
Outlook Quarterly is a website with
traditional and unique careers (e.g dogwalkers, flavorists).
Examine the job descriptions and explain how your
skills relate to the job requirements.
***Magazines such as
US News and World Report
is a magazine that reviews current job trends.
Examine the job descriptions and explain how your skills relate
to the job requirements.
- RESEARCH TIPS
#4: If you have the time, you
may want to check out these career websites:
Job listings searchable by job
title or company name, also
links to professional
associations and online job
fairs as well as a host of
resources for the job seeker.
Includes a salary calculator and
A government sector job board.
opportunities in the
Like SimplyHired, allows you to
set up searches and have the
results emailed to you daily
and/or pushed to you via RSS.
Easy to limit to a particular
A job search engine which
provides access to jobs found on
thousands of employer websites
and job boards all around the
web and offers features that
will help you find the jobs
you're looking for more
A job search engine that only
lists jobs taken directly from
You can search by company name,
location, discipline, industry,
job title, or combinations of
these. Site also has a
Career Advice Community
where users can post and answer
each others' questions on topics
including job search tips,
changing careers, interviewing,
networking, self-assessment, and
many, many more. Featured boards
are "hosted" by
Allows you to have results of
searches emailed to you daily
and/or set up RSS feeds. Easy to
limit to a particular location.
Profession focused network that
allows you to link to people you
know. Hosts its own job board
and allows you to post a version
of your resume. Has
, a browser
toolbar widget that can link you
into someone at your targeted