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General Cover Letter Tips and Insight

Make a good impression because your cover letter is your first contact with a company

Often the cover letter is the first contact you have with a potential employer. A cover letter should complement not duplicate your resume.

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Show your ability to write effectively in the cover letter

One of the most important characteristics of a cover letter is showing your ability to present in written form. It also provides the opportunity to apply your life experiences to the job and allows for a personal touch that can help you stand out.

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Keep your cover letter short

1 or 2 paragraphs is plenty.

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Find the name of the recruiter and address your cover letter to them

[I]f there is any way to find out the name of the hiring manager or recruiter (through people you may know at the company, the job posting, etc.) you can certainly address it to them.

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Don’t get overwhelmed with your cover letter

Please understand that I truly believe you need a good resume and cover letter to help in the process, but I recommend using the majority of your time networking and researching the position(s) you are interested in exploring.

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The resume is a summary, but your cover letter lets you describe your skills in greater detail

A cover letter provides you with the opportunity to distinguish yourself for a role with your own words, more so than a resume may be able to. Within a cover letter you have the opportunity to help frame the story that relates to your skills, experiences, accomplishments and career objectives.

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Follow any guidelines a company has for cover letters

Some larger companies require applicants to submit a resume and cover letter in preferred formats, as they are uploaded into an applicant database.

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