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Cover Letter Writing

Take the time to write a good cover letter, it is the employer’s first impression of you. A cover letter supports your resumé by offering an introduction, reasons why the employer should hire you, and a proposal for further action.

Tips

Content 

Tips

Create a noticeable cover letter:

  • Tailor your cover letter to each job
  • Use industry-related language
  • Ensure that it's complete with contact information and is consistent with your resumé
  • Focus on two or three main reasons why you are the best candidate
  • Avoid ‘I’ and ‘me’
  • Proofread to make sure there are no spelling and grammar mistakes
  • Whenever possible, match the cover letter design to that of the resumé

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Content

  • Your contact information that is consistent with your resumé
  • Date
  • Addressed to a specific person and title. If unknown, consider using "Dear Hiring Manager"
  • The first paragraph
    Identify the position you are interested in and should entice the employer to read further
  • The body
    Highlight your relevant skills, experience, education and accomplishments that would qualify you for the position
  • The closing paragraph
    Reaffirm your interest, thank the employer for their time and consideration, and request an interview
  • Cover letter tips

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