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Cover Letter Tips

The purpose of a cover letter is to introduce yourself to a prospective employer. Unlike a resume, a cover letter allows the introduction to be more like a conversation. Therefore, given that this is your golden opportunity to be noticed, it is important to make sure that your cover letter is not only informative but also interesting.

Recruiters consider the content of a cover letter as an investment you make in yourself. It is important to target each cover letter to the specific company and position, showing how your background, skills and qualifications fulfill the particular company’s needs. So what goes into a cover letter?

Most cover letters can be broken down into 3 parts:


1. The Opening

This is the introduction. Here you clarify the purpose of the letter, as well as provide some insight into you as a candidate. Also, remember to address the cover letter to a decision maker such as the Hiring Manager. If you can find the person’s last name - that shows your resourcefulness and will not go unnoticed.


2. The Body

This is the meat of the letter. Here you try to persuade the reader that your skills, qualifications and background are a perfect fit not only for the position, but also the company. Keep in mind that your letter should express a high level of interest and knowledge about the position. In this part, highlight the most relevant experience from your resume and connect that experience with the position you are applying for.


3. The Closing

Here, you respectfully request that you are offered an interview where you can have the opportunity to elaborate on all that you said in the body of the letter. You can also briefly remind the reader of the benefit of considering you for the position. Don’t forget to sign the letter and include your contact information at the bottom.

Remember - your cover letter is your first, and best, chance to sell the recruiter or hiring manager on your candidacy for employment - so make sure it's error-proof. Don’t forget to have someone proof read your letter!


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