Writing an Effective Cover Letter

Speaker Ellen Mehling
Ellen Mehling received her MSLIS from Long Island University and works as a librarian, instructor and writer in and around NYC. Her professional experience includes work in special, public, and academic libraries, as well as archives. She is Director of the Westchester Graduate Library School Program and Director of Internships ...


Ellen Mehling received her MSLIS from Long Island University and works as a librarian, instructor and writer in and around NYC. Her professional experience includes work in special, public, and academic libraries, as well as archives. She is Director of the Westchester Graduate Library School Program and Director of Internships for L.I.U.’s Palmer School and since 2009 has been METRO’s Job Bank Manager / Career Development Consultant. She teaches classes and workshops on job hunting, information literacy, researching, and other subjects at METRO’s Training Center and other venues within and outside NYC.

Full Description
A cover letter can be a powerful way to introduce yourself to a potential employer.  Many job hunters, though, view cover letter writing as something to get done as quickly as possible, and miss opportunities because they are not putting enough care and effort into it.  It can be a challenge to write an effective, targeted cover letter that makes you stand out from the competition and convinces the reader to take a good look at your resume and call you to set up an interview.
 
Who should attend:
Librarians and information professionals, library school students
 
By the end of this program, participants will:
- Be able to read position descriptions with a critical eye
- Know how to write cover letters tailored specifically for each job
- Be able to identify words and phrases that should be included in the cover letter
- Have learned some strategies for capturing the reader's attention and selling oneself in the few paragraphs of a cover letter
 
Computers will be available for attendees to work on their own existing cover letters.  Please feel free to bring in a Word file on a USB drive or store your file somewhere you can access it online.
Organizer Laura Forshay

When?

Thu, May. 24, 2012
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. US/Eastern

How Much?

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Where?

METRO Training Center (4th floor)
57 E. 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
US