Writing a Cover Letter

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In which part of a cover letter does the applicant explain the purpose of the letter?


Which of the following is the best way to write a salutation in a cover letter addressed to Mr. Ravi Patel, Human Resources Manager, ABC Company?

Dear Mr. Patel:

Which of the following is not included in the heading of a cover letter?


Which of the following statements about cover letters is false?

A cover letter is sent before a résumé so that the employer knows it is coming.

What can a cover letter explain that a résumé cannot?

All of the above

Simone is writing a cover letter to Casey Jones, and is unsure of the employer’s gender. How should she address her letter?

Dear Casey Jones:

Having just one error on a cover letter may eliminate an applicant from being considered for employment.


main purpose of a cover letter is to:

Be called in for an interview

You should be certain that your cover letter duplicates the exact same information found in your résumé.


Job seekers often spend a large amount of time writing their résumés and neglect to write quality cover letters.


cover letter may be searched for keywords.


Ron is interested at working at Gas’N’Go, but whenever he looks on their company Web site he doesn’t see any openings listed. What should Ron do?

Ron should send a prospecting letter to see if there are any unadvertised openings

type of cover letter written to inquire about possible job openings:

Prospecting letter

Which type of cover letter would the above excerpt come from?

Prospecting cover letter

How long should an electronic cover letter be?

Approximately 150 words

Which of the following statements about electronic cover letters is true?

Cover letters that are sent electronically should always have a brief but informative subject line which catches the reader’s eye.

electronic cover letter should be _____.

simple and basic

Which change should be made to the above cover letter excerpt before sending it to an employer?

The author should remove the background color from the letter

Electronic cover letters should still follow a business letter format, even though e-mail is a less formal type of communication.


Which of the following subject lines would be best to use when applying for a position as a high school teacher?

Educator with 8 years of classroom experience

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