Writing Cover Letter
We require an English-speaking computer to work in a team of three in our newly opened Athens office.
A fully experienced operator would be preferred, but we are willing to train a satiable applicant. Staff conditions include 35 hours per week, 32 days’ holiday per year, bonuses (after
one year’s service), pension scheme and ample promotion opportunities. Preference will be given to candidates wishing to make careers with this company.
Please apply in the first instance to the company secretary, Geron Head Office, Geron House, Gracht Hill, Hungerdam, Herts, HG 332 5DT, United Kingdom. Interview will be held in Athens.
Task 1；Analyze this advertisement and find out the requirements of the company?
The company needs an employee that can:
I have seen your advertisement for a computer operator and I am interested in the
I am 23 years old and Apart from my secondary schooling I studied English in Athens
and have the Cambridge Proficiency Certificate.
I have also been trained as a computer operator, although I have only just finished my
training and have not yet had any experience. I hope to make this my career, and am
delighted to have the possibility of employment with a company where I can use my English.
I should be grateful for further details. At present I am teaching English at a school in
Athens, but I count be available for an interview at any time.
Task 2: What information is included in this cover letter? Do you think the author writes the
letter in accordance with the advertisement？
Russell Buchanan decides to write to the national sales manager of Kauffman Institutional
Equipment Inc., whose name he obtained by telephoning the company in Milwaukee.
Dear Mr. Hewlett:
At the recent convention of the AASA in Detroit, I learned that Kauffman Institutional
Equipment Inc. has an opening for a regional sales manager. Please consider me a candidate
for the job.
A summary of my qualifications is enclosed. You will see that I have had several years’
experience in education (teaching and administration) and in sales and sales administration,
so I feel that I know the educational community from both inside and outside.
Ever since I first purchased Kauffman classroom equipment and later became
acquainted with a number of your representatives, I have considered the Kauffman name
synonymous with quality and style. Although I am not an expert on your entire line, I’m
quite familiar with much of it and, frankly, I think so highly of your products that I would
consider it an honor to represent your company.
J. Sholes, the director of marketing at Horton-Miller Book Company, is aware that I am
making application (you will see his name on my list of references) and has said that he would
welcome a call from you if you wish to know more about me.
In the meantime, I would be glad to come to Milwaukee to se you whenever it is
convenient. You may write to me at the address given. If you wish to telephone me, you may
call (312)255-6000, which is the home office in Northbrook. The people there always know
where to reach me.
Task 3: Discussion
Work in pairs and find out:
1) the basic element contained in this cover letter？
2;the way Russell Buchanan used to persuade the company to give him an opportunity for an interview;
3) whether it is wise to mention his reference in the letter
N.B. A resume reference is the person who can verify your information given in your resume. References are usually contacted in the last stages of the job selection procedure. They can be:
former teachers and professors, clients, and former project managers or supervisors. It is best to call and get their permission before you list them in your resume. The following example shows how you can list references in a resume:
Professor Wu Han
Dean of Foreign Language School
Shanghai Maritime University
However, applicants often use the phrase ‘References available upon requested” in their
Task 4: Writing
Write a cover letter for your resume. The following is an outline for your letter: Paragraph 1:
how you learned about the vacancy
Paragraph 2 -3:
Statement as to why you are interested in the job and why you believe you qualify for it. Paragraph 4:
A request for a personal interview and information about where you can be reached. P.S: Handout 2 provides you some useful expressions that you probable will use while you are writing