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1. Introduction to Write a Cover Letter for Your First Job

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In this lesson, you will write a professional cover letter to help a potential employer get to know your qualifications better.

A cover letter is a formal letter you send to a business asking to be considered for a specific job.

An effective cover letter allows your personality to come through, but it still uses a professional tone.

In this lesson, you will use Google Docs to write a cover letter.

You could also write a letter expressing interest in a volunteer position or an internship.

Usually, you will send your cover letter along with a resume.

A resume is a detailed list of your accomplishments, work experience, and skills.

Employers often read the cover letter before looking at the resume.

A great cover letter may even convince the employer to look at the resume, so it’s important that it makes a good first impression.

Your cover letter should not go into too much detail about your job history or accomplishments, but should: Give a sense of who you are, Tell why you want to work for the company, And briefly discuss what you have to offer.

This lesson uses Google Docs to do research on the employer and write your letter, but you could apply these skills in any word processing application.

As you complete this project in Google Docs, you will: Perform a Google search, Take notes in a document, Open a new document from a letter template, And write text into a letter template.

Sign in to your Google account.

Open a new tab in your browser, and navigate to Google dot com.

If you are not signed in, do so now.

If you do not have a Google account, pause the video and create one now.

Then, move on to the next video to do research on your desired business.

Now, it’s your turn: Sign in to your Google account.

Instructions

  1. Sign in to your Google account.