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How to Prepare a Cover Letter - Tips, Tricks & Tools for Job Seekers and Career Changers 

Cover Letter Writing
Powerful Cover Letters

Yes, some hiring managers say they don’t read cover letters. That’s fine; you should still include one for the hiring managers that do.

 

A cover letter allows you to connect with the person reading through a stack of resumes. It should be tailored to the specific job and answer the question: “Why hire me?”

 

An effective cover letter conveys you are very interested in the job and are well informed about what the position requires. Be specific!

 

A cover letter should be short; no more than four paragraphs. Don’t write a novel. Like a book cover, the job of the cover letter is to get you to continue reading.

 

Plan out your cover letter so that you can get your point across in the least amount of words while still making yourself sound like the best candidate for the job! 

 

A cover letter is necessary anytime you will not be handing your resume to the hiring manager directly. A cover letter introduces you when you can’t introduce yourself.

 

A cover letter generates interest and sells your qualifications. 

 

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A cover letter allows you the opportunity to summarize the qualifications, competencies, and achievements most relevant to your current objectives. 

 

Every unsolicited resume you send should be accompanied by a cover letter (addressed to a specific human being at the company).

 

It’s okay to “name drop” in a cover letter — tell the recipient if you were referred by a current employee, or if someone you know in common told you to apply.

 

Be sure to end your cover letter with a call to action — the next step you will be taking. (For example, “I will call you next week to see if you need any additional information from me.”)

 

Cover letters should always only be one page. 

 

Your cover letter should match your resume in font style, size, and formatting.

 

Your cover letter should always be customized to the specific position you’re seeking, relating your skills and experience for that job.

 

Did you know you can use a cover letter to propose the creation of your ideal job?

 

You should not disclose your specific salary history in a cover letter, even if it’s requested.

 

It can be time consuming to write a cover letter for each job you’re applying for, but it’s important to take the time and energy to show the company why you’re a good fit for the job.

 

Address your cover letter to a human being; however, if you can’t find a contact name, leave off the salutation and dive right into the letter. 

 

You can use your cover letter to explain gaps in your employment history.

 

Show some personality in your cover letter, but don’t be braggy or gimmicky.



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