Create Cover Letters

A cover letter is a letter that you send with a resume. A resume is focused on an occupation. The cover letter is for a specific position and can be more personal. Cover letters are targeted to a job lead or employer.

You can use a cover letter sample to get started. Make sure each cover letter you send is different. You can also create a personalized cover letter on CareerZone.

Parts of a Cover Letter
Heading and greeting
Every cover letter needs the date. List your name and how to contact you. Address the letter to a specific person. 
Opening and introduction
Explain who you are and why you are writing. Tell them how you found out about the position. 
Sell yourself. Reveal why you are a perfect and unique match for the position. Explain why you have chosen the employer.  
Assertive closing
Be positive. Tell them that you will contact them. 

When you apply for jobs, you will be asked for references. They are people who can talk about your skills and work history. Choose your references carefully. You want people who will say good things about you. You’ll need to list their names and contact information.

Create your personal list of references on CareerZone

Cover Letter & References Resources

New York CareerZone: Cover Letter
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New York CareerZone: References

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