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Printing jobs require specialized skills in electronics, math, and computers. The printing industry allows for advancement so that a press operator can become a sales representative, cost estimator, instructor, supervisor, or even an executive. Depending on what level of experience you have, it will be important to sell yourself in the best way possible when applying for a job in printing. The cover letter, which accompanies the resume, is the employer's first impression of you and it should shine.
Writing the cover letter
Identify the job which you are applying for in the first paragraph. Reference the particular job number (if any) and the website or newspaper where you found it advertised, along with the date. Include degrees (if any) or certifications.
Explain your skills in the second paragraph. If you are seeking a printing press operator position, be as specific as possible including any certifications on particular machines, apprenticeships, and technical schools attended. If you have no experience, you can discuss why you are choosing this profession because you have always been mechanically inclined. Mention your successes in high school courses such as math and technology. If applying for a higher level position, such as supervisor, you will want to emphasize your experience as a leader in the printing industry along with schooling, training and certifications.
Elaborate on your skills in paragraph three. Identify personal character traits that make you a solid match for the position. Keep it brief. Explain your strong traits, such as "excellent problem solver" or "strong leader," and include examples citing a specific incident when you were able to fix machines and save the company money, or led a team of operators as a respected team leader.
Sum it up in the last paragraph. You might say "I look forward to hearing from you" and "Thank you in advance for considering me for the position" and then reiterate how you feel you could contribute to a positive working environment. Move down two lines and include "Sincerely" or "With kind regards" and a comma. Come down a four to five spaces (leaving room for a signature) and type your full name.
Format properly. Use Block Style which means all text is aligned to the left margin. Font should be Times New Roman, 10-12 point. Double space between all paragraphs with the exception of the date which should be four to five spaces lines above the return address. Proofread it thoroughly. One mistake in spelling or grammar can mean a lost opportunity.
After you have completed your letter, it's a good idea to have another set of eyes proof it. Even if you combed through it once or twice, it's easy to miss a misspelled word or an awkward sentence.
Be careful not to include false information. Overstating your qualifications might get you the job interview. But your lack of integrity will reveal itself when you can't support your claims.
- After you have completed your letter, it's a good idea to have another set of eyes proof it. Even if you combed through it once or twice, it's easy to miss a misspelled word or an awkward sentence.
- Be careful not to include false information. Overstating your qualifications might get you the job interview. But your lack of integrity will reveal itself when you can't support your claims.
Elizabeth Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Arts in education from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut. She began writing professionally in 2004 and has published op-eds and letters in the Hartford Courant and other local journals. She is currently a Hartford Public Schools Examiner.