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For your OPE account, you will upload a resume, blurb, and cover letter.

Please note that everyone has varying styles in which they craft their resumes, blurbs, and cover letters. Consider how best to sell your skills and abilities for the given job posting(s). You can never have your materials reviewed by enough people; ensure your materials are accurate and up to date.  We recommend a career service office, a mentor, a professional already in the field etc. to review your application and OPE materials.

Blurbs

  • Keep your blurb detailed, yet succinct, and abide by the word limit
  • Utilize intentional, strong wording to market your skills and unique experiences that may set you apart from others while still being true to who you are
  • List a diverse range of responsibilities, skills, talents, and involvement areas
  • Write several blurbs and have them read over by others. Decide which fits you best, make final edits and submit

Sample Blurbs:

Example #1:

Currently an Assistant Residence Hall Director in co-ed first year experience Residence
Hall. Responsibilities include liaison between professional Residence Life staff and 
Residence Life student staff and co-supervisor of 14 Community Advisors. Experience 
in advising National Residence Hall Honorary, United Students in Residence Halls, and 
Hall Government for first year experience Residence Hall. Experience leading a two 
week Fall Training for 14 Community Advisors while also preparing and opening a 
Residence Hall for 470+ first year students in the absence of a full time Hall Director. 
Attended WCPA. Enthusiastically seeking a Residential Life position. Available June 
2015. Geographically flexible.

Example #2:

Soon-to-be graduate with 4 years' experience working in Student Affairs. Most recently responsible for the training and development of residence hall leaders throughout 7 halls. Other responsibilities included co-advising first year hall leaders, assisting in the hiring of two student Eco-Representatives, and developing a hall government structure and constitution for a new suite-style residence hall. Experience working with diverse groups of people and flexible during high-stress times. Interested in Residence Life Graduate Assistantships. Midwest preferred. Available June 2016.

Cover letters

The resume never travels alone. Each time you submit your resume to an employer you should enclose a cover letter that explains why you are submitting the resume. It is the key to creating interest in your candidacy.

The cover letter is your "sales pitch." It gives you an opportunity to draw an employer's attention to the skills and experiences outlined on your resume. You can expand on certain courses or job responsibilities that particularly match the position for which you wish to be considered. It also gives you a chance to highlight special achievements that might otherwise go overlooked.

In summarizing your qualifications, highlight your most appropriate skills or background in relation to a particular position without simply reiterating the information on your resume. Refer the reader to your enclosed resume for further elaboration on your past accomplishments. Be direct and brief.

Types of Cover Letters

There are two types of cover letters - application letters and inquiry letters.

Application Letter- This letter is written when you know of a specific opening and want to apply for the position. The purpose of this letter is to get your resume read and generate an interview. Your strategy is to demonstrate that your qualifications fit the requirements of the position. Study the position description carefully and link each of the described job dimensions with your past performance and experience.

Structure your application letter with three sections:

  • The opening (1 paragraph): Tell why you are writing and the name of the position or field. Tell how you heard about the opening and why you are interested in this particular department, location, or type of work.

  • The body (usually 1 or 2 paragraphs): Sell yourself. Outline your strongest qualifications that match the position requirements. Provide evidence of your related experience and accomplishments. Make referrals to your enclosed resume. Convince the employer that you have the personal qualities and motivation to perform well. Indicate any knowledge you may have of the organization that demonstrates you have done research and are familiar with their department.

  • The closing (1 paragraph): Close by making a specific request or an interview. Show appreciation to the reader for his or her time and consideration.

Inquiry Letter- This letter is written when you are asking an employer for information about possible job openings. Its purpose is also to get your resume read and to generate interviews. Structure this letter similarly to the application letter, but instead of using position information, focus on more broad occupational and/or organizational dimensions to show how your qualifications match the work environment.

Cover Letter Rules:

  • Address to a specific name and title.

  • Writing style should be direct, powerful, and error free. Edit to eliminate extraneous words and to check grammar, spelling, and punctuation. In addition to stating your purpose, the letter tells the reader how well you communicate.

  • The cover letter should be no more than one page.

  • Keep the letter short and to the point. Three or four paragraphs will suffice:

    • Paragraph 1: State your interest and purpose

    • Paragraph 2 (& 3): Highlight your resume by stressing what you will do for the employer

    • Paragraph 3: Request an interview and thank the reader for their time and consideration

  • Use appropriate language.  Repeat terms that the employer uses. Avoid jargon and the passive voice.

Sample Cover Letter for Job Application With Writing Tips

The following is an example of a letter of application sent with a resume to apply for a job. Use this example as a guideline when writing your own job application cover letters. Also see below for an example a job application letter sent by email and tips for what to include and how to write a letter to apply for a job.

Your job application letter is an opportunity to highlight your most relevant qualifications and experiences, enhancing your resume, and increasing your chances of being called for an interview.

Your letter should detail your specific qualifications for the position and the skills you would bring to the employer. See below for how to email your application letter.

What to Include in Your Letter

As with all cover letters, the body of this job application letter is divided into three sections: the introduction, which details why the applicant is writing; the body, which discusses relevant qualifications; and the closing, which thanks the reader and provides contact information and follow-up details.

Sample Job Application Letter 

John Donaldson
8 Sue Circle
Smithtown, CA 08067
909-555-5555
john.donaldson@emailexample.com

Date

George Gilhooley
XYZ Company
87 Delaware Road
Hatfield, CA 08065

Dear Mr. Gilhooley,

I am writing to apply for the programmer position advertised in the Times Union. As requested, I am enclosing a completed job application, my certification, my resume, and three references.

The opportunity presented in this listing is very interesting, and I believe that my strong technical experience and education will make me a very competitive candidate for this position. The key strengths that I possess for success in this position include:

  • I have successfully designed, developed, and supported live use applications
  • I strive for continued excellence
  • I provide exceptional contributions to customer service for all customers

With a BS degree in Computer Programming, I have a full understanding of the full lifecycle of a software development project. I also have experience in learning and excelling at new technologies as needed.

Please see my resume for additional information on my experience.

I can be reached anytime via email at john.donaldson@emailexample.com or my cell phone, 909-555-5555.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you about this employment opportunity.

Sincerely,

Signature (for hard copy letter)

John Donaldson

Sample Email Letter of Application

Subject: FirstName LastName - Web Content Manager Position

Dear Contact Person:

I'm writing to express my interest in the Web Content Manager position listed on Monster.com. I have experience building large, consumer-focused health-based content sites. While much of my experience has been in the business world, I understand the social value of the non-profit sector and my business experience will be an asset to your organization.

My responsibilities included the development and management of the site's editorial voice and style, the editorial calendar, and the daily content programming and production of the website.

I worked closely with healthcare professionals and medical editors to help them provide the best possible information to a consumer audience of patients. Also, I helped physicians learn to utilize their medical content to write user-friendly, readily comprehensible text.

Experience has taught me how to build strong relationships with all departments at an organization. I have the ability to work within a team as well as cross-team. I can work with web engineers to resolve technical issues and implement technical enhancements, work with the development department to implement design and functional enhancements, and monitor site statistics and conduct search engine optimization.

Thank you for your consideration.

Signature (hard copy letter)

FirstName LastName

Tips for Writing a Strong Application Letter 

Follow these strategies to write a strong letter: 

  • Get off to a direct start: In your first paragraph, explain simply why you are writing. Mention the job title and company name, and also where you came across the job listing. While you can also briefly mention why you are a strong candidate, this section should be short and to-the-point. 
  • Offer something different than what's in your resume: It's rare to send an application letter without also sending a resume. Your application letter, therefore, doesn't have to duplicate your resume. Your language can be a bit more personal than in resume bullet points — you can tell a narrative about your work experience and career. 
  • Make a good case. Your first goal with this letter is to move on to the next step: an interview. Your overarching goal, of course, is to get a job offer. Use your application letter to further both of these causes. Offer details about your experience and background that show why you are a good candidate. How have other jobs prepared you for the position? What would you bring to the position, and to the company?  Use this space to emphasize your strengths. 
  • Close with all the important details. Include a thank you at the end of your letter. You can also share your contact information. If you'd like, mention how you will follow up.   

How to Send an Email Application Letter

If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message. Include your contact information in your email signature, but don't list the employer's contact information. Skip the date, and start your email message with the salutation. Here's an example of a formatted email cover letter.

How to Write a Job Application Letter
Here's how to write a letter of application for a job, including what should be included in the letter, choosing a font size and style, and letter spacing and formatting.