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Writing A Cover Letter

Jan 15, 2008
When you apply for a professional job, you will need both a resume and a cover letter. While both of these are important in the job application process, it is the cover letter that your employer will see first. If your cover letter is not compelling, they will not want to turn to your resume. This is even the case if your resume was itself outstanding. For this reason you will want to do everything you can to make sure your cover letter is well-written. If you do not know how to properly write a cover letter read on as this article will explain what you need to do.

First, you will need to include your address then your employer's address if you are creating a printed cover letter. If your cover letter is simply an email, you can go straight towards the salutation. Pay close attention to the job ad to see if there are any names mentioned as contacts. If a name is not directly given, sometimes it can be deduced based on whatever email address is provided. If you find a first and last name, include it in your salutation followed by a colon. On the other hand, if you cannot find a name, you can say To whom it may concern or Dear Sir or Madam each followed by a colon.

The first paragraph of your cover letter needs to introduce yourself. You need to provide your full name and let the employer know you are interested in applying for their position. Make sure you also state where you found their ad from, so the employer will have a point of reference. This is especially helpful, since it is not uncommon that employers may have to send out dozens of ads for different positions.

The second and third paragraphs of your cover letter need to talk about why you are a qualified candidate for the job. You will want to showcase some of the strongest points of your resume, including your best-performing and highest-paying job, your academic achievements and all of your pertinent skills. However, try to use a lot of synonyms when talking about these points. You do not want a replica of your resume in these sections of the cover letter.

The last paragraph of your cover letter needs to let the employer know how to access your resume and any other documents you may have provided. If you are sending your resume through postal mail, you can simply say these things are enclosed. Yet, if you are sending your documents through email, you can say they are provided as an attachment. After this sentence thank the employer for their consideration. Conclude the cover letter by saying how you would look forward to working for the company if offered the chance.

So, all in all, writing a cover letter doesn't have too be extremely difficult. If you follow this formula and keep your letter brief, (since employers do not have time to be reading lengthy cover letters), you should be able to at least get your resume looked at.
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Mario Churchill is a freelance author and has written over 200 articles on various subjects. For more information on cover letter or cover letters checkout his recommended websites.
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