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Job Seeker Resources: FAQs for Library Staff

Job Seeker - Frequently Asked Questions with Suggested Answers

Basic Needs

What Is a Cover Letter and How Do I Write One?

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is your introduction to the potential employer that you send them along with your resume- either by email or by snail mail (postal mail). A cover letter allows you to go in depth with full sentences why you are suitable to the position or rather to go in some detail why you would be an excellent candidate for hire. A thoughtfully written cover letter will show the employer that you are truly interested in the position and that you are willing to put in the extra effort.  

How do I write a cover letter?

Before you start writing

  • Read the job advertisement carefully-look at the key words
  • Research the corporate website, read and try to understand their mission statement and how it applies to you.

Writing the letter

  • First sentence should grab their attention
  • Second sentence should give the details of the job title and where you found the job announcement including job number if applicable
  • Convincingly show how you are a great fit for their opening by using quantifiable examples-Remember unlike the resume you now can use full sentences
  • If mailing letter best to use the same paper and font style that you used for your resume

Research & White Papers

How to apply for a job online?

Today most jobs are posted online. They can be found by visiting job search engines or searching directly on company websites. Use the web browser, Internet Explorer, to begin your online job search. Navigate to the following websites by entering the below address into the address bar to learn more about how to search online.

It is important to be aware of scams when applying for jobs online. Not all positions listed on online databases are still open positions with a company. To ensure a position is still available, log-on to the company’s official website and check their posted jobs.

Additionally be aware of websites that are trying to obtain your information to sell it to schools and higher education institutions so that they can contact you about enrolling. You do not need to provide schools this information to apply for a job.