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How to Write a Cover Letter

How to Write a Cover Letter

How to Write a Cover Letter

With the job market in an uncertain time, the question of how to write a cover letter appears to be the most essential priority in the job seeking process.

Cover letters are the opportunity to specifically address the positions to which you are sending your resume. The people you send these listings to are looking specifically for employees with your particular set of skills, or to someone who can fill a job opening that matches yours in some way. You are the representative of the employer and need to be able to show how you bring that into the job.

Whatever your specific needs are with a cover letter, you will find that there some sound principles about cover letters that generally apply to each type of job application.

Here are the basics:

1. Keep your cover letter to one page. Don’t beat around the bush with a longer document. If there are a few things more important for you because you’re either a professional resume writer, or you’re sending your curriculum vitae (resume) as a complete package, you might consider including a larger, more comprehensive cover letter.

2. Keep the cover letter, and the letter itself, to one page.

3. Create a direct letter-style which presents you as the product. Use no printed words or attachments, and only the most essential ones.

4. Paragraph 1: The cover letter is your opportunity to show why you think you’re the applicant of choice for this particular position. (Remember to be sure that your letter addresses exactly what the employer needs.)

5. Paragraph 2: The cover letter is the chance for you to really take the prospects pains and anxiety out of that new job. How well you do here will always be in evidence, and it will show, if you open the door with an interview.

6. Paragraph 3: The cover letter is breaking news to the employer by saying, “Here I am, looking for a new opportunity. I’ll work hard in yourocked-in.”

7. Paragraphs 4 and 5: The cover letter is probably your time to make an impressive case, of the employee’s skills, strengths, and potential. Keep the letter relevant and confident, without sounding more like you’re giving a public presentation.

8. Paragraph 6 and 7: Have an opportunity to make your case to the employer by asking any questions you have about the company and the position, and by giving your opinion on the position and the employer, and on your most critical skills sets.

9. Paragraph 8: The cover letter will close the deal, and is an invitation for an interview. If you are prepared, you will have a definite positive resume that will appeal to the employer

10. Paragraph 9 and 10: The end of your cover letter (usually written in the space provided at the start) is for you to invite your prospective employer to conduct an initial screening, and offers the employer a date for the interview.

Any good cover letter will follow one of these fundamentals. Because it’s important to choose your words carefully, it might be a good idea for the employer to screen your letter closely, with the potential job hunter being especially careful not to use any of this language in their written application. People with armorial competency in English won’t be offended, but should they need to actually understand what you’re saying from the perspective of a potential employer – then they need to do so for themselves. Good enough, however, to strike their concentration.

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