Response Letter: This letter is in response to a job advertisement
or bulletin. An advertisement response letter gives you an opportunity
to directly respond to a specific set of criteria that the employer
is looking for. The employer will list the qualifications including
skill level, education and work experience that they are seeking.
Use your cover letter to address each point in their advertisement.
Point out how your training and background addresses their point
by point needs.In the opening paragraph of your letter, make sure
you state what position you are applying for and where you learned
of the available position. For example, “I am sending this
letter and enclosed resume as an application for the position of
Video Editing Assistant as posted at Monster.com.”
2. Referral Letter: One of the most effective ways
to obtain a job is through networking. Referrals from existing employees
or companies that have a relationship with the employer will give
you an advantage over other applicants. A recommendation from a
respected employee gives credibility to your application for employment.
Make sure you mention the person referring you in your cover letter.
For example, “Jane Smith recommended that I contact you in
reference to current openings within your design department."
3. Cold Letter: A cold letter is a general letter
of inquiry and is not in response to a specific vacancy notice.
Often people who have an interest working for a specific company
will send a general letter expressing their interest in working
for that company. This type of letter can be effective if written
well and accompanied by a strong resume. In your cover letter express
your interest for the department and (or) position you would be