Writing Cover Letters: Making a Good First Impression Worksheet

Job Search Writing: Job-Related Letters

Practice with this Writing Cover Letters Worksheet to get familiar with writing a resume cover letter that makes a good first impression. By working through 10 exercises, you can improve your job search writing skills to help you get noticed by prospective employers.
Writing Cover Letters: Making a Good First Impression

Instructions

Find a job posting for a job that you feel you meet the job requirements, and use it as a basis for completing the below exercises.

  • What keywords in the job posting tell you what the employer is seeking? Identify at least three keywords.

  • What connections can you make between the keywords and your skills and experiences?

  • How do your professional goals and values match up with the company?

  • Why do you feel you would be a good fit for the company?

  • Outline what you would include in a cover letter for this position.

  • Create the heading section for the cover letter you would prepare for this position.

  • Using the outline from exercise #5, write the introduction section of your cover letter.

  • Using the outline from exercise #5, write the persuasion section of your cover letter.

  • Using the outline from exercise #5, write the closing section of your cover letter.

  • Do you feel like the cover letter you just wrote would make a good first impression? Explain your answer, and include anything you could do to improve the strength of the letter.