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    A "cold" cover letter can help you get a job that may otherwise not exist. If you see a company with a need then send out a cold cover letter.

    redslate
  • 2

    Cover letters can and should be used to mention relevant professional connections.

    fotolitico
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    Try to keep each line in the cover letter short, long running horizontal lines can become difficult to read.

    redslate
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    If possible find someone with experience hiring people in your profession to review your cover letter and resume.

    fotolitico
  • 5

    Testimonials and excerpt quotes from others about your achievements and performance can add credibility to your cover letter.

    Featherskill
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    Ask yourself why you should be called in for an interview for this job and try to answer that in your cover letter.

    redslate
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    Consider your cover letter as a hook for your resume. For example briefly delve into detail about the most important part of your resume.

    EugeneRainy
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    Try to have a unique cover letter, and tailored resume, for each job you apply to.

    Conash
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  • 9

    Each cover letter should be about three paragraphs in length. Anything longer risks not being read.

    Featherskill
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    The design and font should compliment your resume.

    RilesP
  • 11

    If you are currently unemployed or have gaps in your job history it's a good idea to address the reasons briefly in your cover letter.

    RilesP
  • 12

    Ideally try to address the cover letter to the specific person you know will be reading it. Otherwise avoid gender references.

    Featherskill
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    If you are older you can use a cover letter to project youthful energy and showcase your writing skills.

    EugeneRainy
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    If you must specify a salary you could instead state the salary range you've had over the years.

    RilesP
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    Have someone else review you letter for grammar, tone and spelling.

    redslate
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    When emailing a cover letter make sure the subject line is clear and specific to the job you're applying to. Don't leave it blank.

    RilesP
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  • 17

    Use good keywords in your cover letter just like you do in your resume as later on if a new job opens it may get found in a database search.

    Featherskill
  • 18

    Some companies block all emails with attachments for virus protection so be careful about attaching a letter to an email.

    Featherskill
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    Put yourself in the mindset of the employer while you re-read and review your cover letter. Ask yourself, does it help meet their goals?

    Conash
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    The right tone for a cover letter is businesslike, friendly and enthusiastic.

    redslate
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    If you commit to something in your cover letter, such as following up in a couple days about the position, make sure you do it.

    redslate
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    Try not to start too many sentences with the word "I." Instead focus on the employer's needs.

    EugeneRainy
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    Tailoring each cover letter at minimum will help you become a better writer even if you don't get an interview.

    EugeneRainy
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    For recent graduates consider putting your high GPA in the cover letter or in some way demonstrate skills pertaining to the job.

    fotolitico
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    End your cover letter stating that you'll follow up in a few days to see what they think of you and to set up an interview.

    RilesP
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    You can use bullet points in the middle paragraph to state your case on how and why you will add value to the company.

    Conash
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    Don't write the same things that are on your resume as it shows a lack of creativity.

    RilesP
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    A cover letter isn't needed if you are meeting the hiring manager in person and are handing them your resume. It is needed over indirect contact.

    RilesP
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    Use standard business letter format and ideally 12 - 14 point size Calibri or Arial font.

    Conash
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    Keep in mind that while writing a cover letter may be a pain, you will only get better at it over time.

    redslate
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    Be specific about the position you are applying for and sell them on why they should want to hire you for it.

    Set4Life
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    Answer how you plan to contribute beyond meeting a set of requirements defined by the job description.

    Set4Life
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  • 33

    Ask yourself, "what makes you a good fit for this company in particular?" Not all organizations are the same.

    Set4Life
  • 34

    NEVER address the letter to "Whom it may concern", get a name or you are wasting your time

    erwinvh
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    Look beyond the job title and instead at your skill sets and how they match what the company needs.

    matt murphy
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    The cover letter is your first impression. Word it well with specific references to the job and how your skills and experience make a good fit.

    lafter27
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    Cover letters should be brief and answers the question "why should I hire you" ..it should make the employer want to read the resume..

    erwinvh