< Career Advice
Your cover letter explains to the employer how the
forth in your resume make you an appropriate choice for the
available. Use this four-point process to create cover letters
1. The reason for the letter (Here is what I
2. Explain your qualifications (Here is a little bit
- I am interested in the Park Ranger opening
advertised in the April
12 issue of Forestry Monthly.
3. Why do you want to work for them (I know who you are
what you do):
- I am a senior at the School for Public and
(SPEA) at Indiana University, majoring in public management
I want to pursue a career in public service. SPEA has provided
the opportunity to combine courses in management with
natural resources, and land management. In addition to the
I have worked closely with Prof. Smith on his Great Lakes
I have had a chance to do extensive fieldwork with water
wetlands, and beach erosion.
4. Closing (How you can contact me or I’ll contact
- I know that the Forestry Service maintains all
and recreation areas, and is particularly involved in matters of
education about the value of natural resources and tourism.
- I have included my resume and references. I will
next week to discuss opportunities at the Forestry
* You can make this follow-up by phone (leave a voice-mail) or
Here’s what you’ll say (write): “Last week I
for a park ranger position in Yellowstone National Park. I am
about this opportunity. Please let me know if you need any
references or information. I look forward to talking to
You don’t need to ask for a thing.