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COVER LETTER WRITING

Cover Letter Tips/Sample

Before you start writing a cover letter, you should familiarize yourself with the document’s purpose. A cover letter is a document sent with your resume to provide additional information on your skills and experience.

The letter provides detailed information on why you are qualified for the job you are applying for. Don’t simply repeat what’s on your resume -- rather, include specific information on why you’re a strong match for the employer’s job requirements. Think of your cover letter as a sales pitch that will market your credentials and help you get the interview. As such, you want to make sure your cover letter makes the best impression on the person who is reviewing it. 

A cover letter typically accompanies each resume you send out. Employers use cover letters as a way to screen applicants for available jobs and to determine which candidates they would like to interview. If an employer requires a cover letter, it will be listed in the job posting. Even if the company doesn’t ask for one, you may want to include one anyway.

It is very important that your cover letter be tailored to each position you are applying to. This means more than just changing the name of the company in the body of the letter. 

Each cover letter you write should be customized to include:
Which job you're applying for (include the job title in your opening paragraph)

How you learned about the job (and a referral if you have one)

Why you are qualified for the job (be specific)

What you have to offer the employer, and why you want to work at this specific company (match your skills to the job description, and read up on the organization’s mission, values and goals to mention in your letter)

 

 

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10 Steps to Cover Letter Success

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