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Cover Letter Guidance and Assistance

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Career Services

CareerServices@kckcc.edu
913-288-7235
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KCKCC Career Services offers one-on-one cover letter guidance and revisions. Cover Letters serve as a sample of your writing skills, help you highlight your skills and abilities that best match the job to which you are applying, and can help increase your chances of being interviewed. Cover Letter workshops may are available throughout the year.

Tips

  • Do you research! Address your letter to the specific person who will be interviewed you.
  • Create a unique Cover Letter for each position to which you are applying.
  • Cover Letter must be no longer than one page. Keep it concise!
  • Be creative! Utilize different action verbs.
  • Remember to use the secret formula to describe your achievements: Action Verb + Task + How/Why = Result. Tie your unique skills and interests with the specific role to which you are applying.
  • Consistency is key! Use the same font, size, and heading as your cover letter.
  • Proofread multiple times. ALWAYS have at least one more person proofread your work.
  • If converting to a .pdf, check that your formatting translates correctly.

Parts of a Cover Letter

Heading

  • Use same heading for resume, cover letter, and references page to maintain consistency.

Date of Letter

Complete Title and Address of Employer

Greeting

Whenever possible, address specific person who will be reviewing your application by name.

Opening Paragraph

Hook the reader with a great opening statement about why they should hire you for this job. Name the position for which you are applying and add a summary statement including reasons you think you would be a good fit for the opportunity. Don’t be afraid to show emotion or your personality.

Middle Paragraph(s)

Write one to two paragraphs highlighting your skills and experiences related to the job. Start by explaining why you are interested in this job and why you want to work with this employer. Then describe your relevant school or work experiences by providing examples pointing out with one or two key examples per role you mention. You may add a second paragraph to describe more accomplishments.

Closing Paragraph

Restate your interest in the position, your enthusiasm for using your skills to contribute to the work of the organization, and why you are a great fit. Thank the reader for their consideration of your application, and end by stating that you look forward to the opportunity to further discuss the position.

Signature

  • Closing: Sincerely; Regards; Best; Best regards; Kind regards; etc.
  • Followed by your name.

What To Avoid

  • A Cover Letter that is longer than one page.
  • Restating what is already on your resume.
  • Overusing the pronoun “I”

Resources

  • Why use Action Verbs (with examples)
  • More Action Verbs
  • Formula: Action verb + Task + How/Why = Result
    • Initiated and lead (action verbs) marketing outreach and communication efforts to 5 community college departments (task) to increase promotion of services offered (why) leading to a 25% increase in weekly student traffic in the career center (result).
    • Implemented (action verb) changes in the appointment-setting communication strategy of work-study staff (task), to increase customer follow-up consistency and reliability, (why) leading to a 50% decrease in no-call, no-show appointments (result).

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