Basic Cover Letter Writing


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What will you gain through a high-quality cover letter?

A. The opportunity to meet new people
B. Employment
C. Interview
D. Admiration

When should you include a cover letter?

A. Only when it is specifically requested
B. Always include a cover letter
C. When you want to negotiate benefits
D. When you want to highlight special skills

What should you NOT include in your opening statement of the cover letter?

A. Salary expectations
B. Show the employer that you have researched his company
C. Indicate why you are the best person for the job
D. Try to stand out from the rest of the applicants

To whom or how should the cover letter be addressed?

A. Dear Sirs,
B. To whom it may concern
C. The Recruitment Officer
D. Specific person by his/her title and surname

What should you NOT include in the last paragraph of the cover letter?

A. A request to consider your application because you need the money
B. Indication that you are available for interviews during the coming week
C. Indication that you await the employer's reply
D. Thanking the employer for considering the application

Yes or No: You should always include your contact details in the cover letter

A. Yes
B. No

The Letter of Enquiry is used when:

A. You enquire about possible openings that fit your experience and job skills
B. You react on a job advertisement
C. When someone referred you
D. You need a job urgently

Yes or No: You should only send handwritten cover letters to potential employers

A. Yes
B. No

Yes or No: The job application cover letter must indicate how your skills and experience match the advertised job

A. Yes
B. No

What should be included in the first paragraph of the cover letter?

A. List of references
B. Salary expectations
C. Purpose of writing
D. Detailed description of all your skills and qualifications

Yes or No: The Letter of Enquiry must always be accompanied by a resume

A. Yes
B. No

What is NOT a rule for cover letter writing?

A. Always check your spelling and grammar before sending the letter
B. The letter can be as long as needed (correct)
C. Only send a handwritten letter if requested
D. The cover letter should be written in a formal manner

Yes or No: The Thank You Letter is used to thank the employer for reviewing your application

A. Yes
B. No

When should you NOT send the Thank You Letter?

A. When a decision has been made about hiring a candidate
B. After the employment interview
C. To thank the person who referred you for a specific position
D. When you emailed your application and want to use the Thank You Letter as follow-up

Yes or No: You should keep your paragraphs short and to the point in the cover letter.

A. Yes
B. No

Before sending the Letter of Acceptance you should make sure that you:

A. Acknowledge the job offer
B. Understand in which job category you will start
C. Express your appreciation
D. All of the above

The Letter of Declination should NOT include:

A. Acknowledgement of the job offer
B. Reference to the job being offered
C. An apology for not accepting the offer
D. Thank you note for the job offer

Yes or No: Your cover letter should be a copy of your resume

A. Yes
B. No

Yes or No: Your cover letter is a way of showing your reporting and writing skills

A. Yes
B. No

What is the most effective way for getting the interview through your cover letter?

A. By indicating that you know something about the recruiter that can damage his career
B. By indicating that your skills may be beneficial to the company
C. Through flattery
D. By indicating that you will return the favor if getting hired

Yes or No: It is acceptable to use abbreviated terms in international addresses

A. Yes
B. No

Which of the following is NOT true for Follow-up Letters?

A. You must indicate if you have accepted another position
B. Demand an answer because your time is valuable (correct)
C. It is an excellent method for keeping your file open at the company
D. You can use the opportunity to send additional information about your skills