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What to include in a cover letter

Pick one or two items from your resume and provide more detail

Most recruiters are reviewing a large volume of resumes and your cover letter will likely be scanned and then the reviewer will move on to the resume. Pick one to two areas of your resume to highlight and expand upon in your cover letter.

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Pick one or two items from your resume and provide more detail

The goal of cover letters is to expand on your resume by describing the specific skills you have that relate to the open position.

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Use the job description to determine what to highlight

Take the extra time to read the job description in detail and then make your cover letter cover those skills and experiences the job requires and you have a better chance of being noticed.

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In your opening paragraph state what you’re applying for and why you’re interested

[S]tate what position you are applying for and why you are interested in the company. Do a little research on the company and reference specific initiatives or products that interest you.

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Tailor each cover letter to each position you apply for

If you do provide a cover letter, make sure that it is tailored to the position - using a generic cover letter does not help your chances.

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A good general salutation is "Dear Hiring Manager"

I believe that 'Dear Hiring Manager' is a good salutation for a cover letter.

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Use the cover letter to describe how you’re a good fit for the position

[E]nsure that your cover letter really speaks to the job - pull from the job description those items that you feel you will be able to make an immediate and effective impact on and highlight those in your cover letter.

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Pay attention to the details

Employers view cover letters as a chance to see if you can write well, and also it provides an opportunity for you to make more direct connections between your experiences and the requirements of the job.

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Include your contact information if you’re sending the cover letter as an attachment via email

[Y]ou should include your address and the company address on an e-mail cover letter. Even though it is an e-mail, it is still considered official correspondence.

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