Cover Letters Part 5
What should I include in my body paragraphs?
The body paragraphs should support your statements in the introduction: that you are a good match for the company and that you can do the job. The body paragraphs should also explain the two examples you used in your introduction based on information in your résumé. Here is an example of the body paragraphs:
For the past two years, I have been working as an auto body technician and welder/fabricator at Russell’s Collision Service in Lafayette. My strong work ethic and solid teamwork skills helped me increase my part-time hours at Russell’s from five to ten hours per week. I also received the employee of the month award for May 2006 and April 2008 at my full-time position as a clerk at Village Pantry in Lafayette. I believe that my responsible approach to work makes me a good match for A & D Industries.
In addition, during my two years at Russell’s I have developed my welding skills to include welding steel, aluminum, and stainless steel, working with hand and power tools, diagnosing auto body problems and determining appropriate action to fix various types of damage. I have knowledge of basic mathematics, and I can read technical manuals, schematic diagrams, and work orders to carry out auto body damage repair. During coursework in High School and at Ivy Tech Community College, I have studied welding theory and principles, as well as welding codes. Lastly, I am familiar with workplace safety practices. I believe my work experience and my coursework make me a strong candidate to fill the welder apprentice position at A & D Industries.
Note how the two body paragraphs support the claims made in the introduction. The paragraphs use examples from the résumé to explain how the applicant is a good match for the company. The paragraphs also explain how the applicant’s experience will help him do the job.
What should I include in my closing?
The closing should restate your qualifications, ask for an interview, and provide your contact information. The closing should also reference your résumé and thank the employer for her time. Lastly, you must remember to sign your cover letter and type Enclosure or Attachment under your name for your résumé. Here is an example of a conclusion:
I am looking forward to meeting with you to interview for the welder apprentice position. I am sure that my strong work ethic, customer service skills, and welding experience can help A & D Industries. If you have any questions, please call me at 765-123-4567. You may also email me at kmjones @ gmail.com. For your reference, I have included my résumé. Thank you for taking the time to review my documents.
Karl M. Jones
Enclosure: Résumé for Karl M. Jones
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