Cover Letter Types Lesson Plan
Resume Cover Letters Lesson
(see below for printable
Blackboard, whiteboard, or overhead projector
an assortment of classified job listings including "blind" classified listings (no company information provided) and ads placed by recruiters or agencies.
Student drill worksheet
The term "cover letter" is most often thought of as the letter that accompanies a résumé submission, and most often, this is the case. Other types of letters fall into this category as well, however, such as networking, thank you, and acceptance letters. This lesson will cover the basic types of résumé cover letters; following lessons will review each type in more detail.
Using the information provided below, review each type of cover letter as a group. Students can take notes using the worksheets provided. Discuss the primary reasons for using each type of letter and the situations that warrant each type.
Following the group introduction, have students break into groups. Provide a variety of classified listings to each group as well as "scenarios" listed on separate sheets for students to review. Ask students to identify the proper letter to be used for each job listing or scenario and provide a justification for their decision. Encourage group discussion.
Duration : One session.
Assist students as needed and answer questions.
Lesson Printable Materials -
Print out the following pages for
use with this resume writing lesson: