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
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.