Essential Skills Quebec

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Writing

The ability to write with a clear purpose such as to inform or request information. Use appropriate sentence structure, punctuation, wording, and tone.

 

Take the Writing Self-Assessment

Complete this self-assessment to help you understand your writing strengths and areas for improvement. 

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Types of Cover Letters

Different cover letters serve different purposes. Choose the cover letter type that matches your situation. *Cover letter builders may require a fee

 

Invited Cover Letter

Use this format when responding to an ad or other listing. It matches your qualifications to the position requirements.

> Invited Cover Letter Sample (41KB, .pdf)
> Invited Cover Letter Sample - No Paid Work Experience (48KB, .pdf)
> Posted Ad Cover Letter Sample (59KB, .pdf)

 

The Cold-Contact Cover Letter

Use this format to contact employers who have not advertised or published job openings. 

> Research the employer to find out specifics about the company. Then focus the cover letter on matching your qualifications with that research.

> Cold-Contact Cover Letter Sample (40KB, .pdf)

 

The Referral Cover Letter

Use this format if you were referred to a job opening through networkinginformational interviews, or contact with employers. A referral may be to a specific job opening (advertised or unadvertised) or to an employer who may or may not be hiring now. Make sure you mention the person who referred you.

> Referral Cover Letter Sample (44KB, .pdf)

 

The Job Match or "T" Cover Letter

Use this format to match the specific requirements of the job with your qualifications. You can learn about the requirements from a job ad, position descriptions, phone conversations, career research, and informational interviews.

> Job Match Cover Letter Sample (70KB, .pdf)
> "T" Cover Letter Sample (50KB, .pdf)

 

Unit 13: Strategies for Writing

This unit will show you some key writing strategies that will help you to write well, both in your studies and in everyday life. 

Unit 14: Strategies for Grammar

This unit will acquaint you with some of the main grammar rules and uses of the English language. 

Using the Writing Process

Use the Writing Process to help plan and organize your writing.