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Cover and Correspondence Letters

The job search process begins and ends with professional letters.

Letters in the job search process include:

  • Cover Letters
  • Inquiry Letters
  • Thank You Letters
  • Acceptance Letters
  • Letters of Regret
  • Emails

 

Cover Letter and E-Mail Writing Tips

  • Write it yourself, in your own words. Use sample letters only as a guide.
  • Decide your purpose in writing and plan accordingly.
  • State your intent in the first paragraph, then use facts to support your interest giving value to your request.
  • Keep your letters warm, but professional. Avoid being overly familiar in tone. Remember that business letters are formal.
  • Write clearly and simply. Keep your thoughts focused and concise.
  • Be positive in content, tone, word choice and expectations.
  • Use an active voice and action verbs in your writing.
  • Keep the font standard and always check for errors prior to sending.

 

For examples of professional correspondence letters go to the Penn State Career Guide
http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/career/
Penn State Graduate Student Career Guide