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General Resource : Resources for Job Search >> 3. CV and Resume Writing

  • Cover Letters
  • A cover letter is just as important as your resume.  It is an opportunity to personalize your resume and sell your skills. Include these important sections in your cover letter:

    • Heading and greeting
      Include the date, your name and your contact information. Address the letter to a specific name and/or title whenever possible.
    • Opening and introduction
      Explain who you are and your reason for writing, including how you found out about the position.
    • Body
      Sell yourself. Reveal why you are a perfect and unique match for the position. Explain why you have chosen the employer.
    • Assertive closing
      Politely take initiative toward further action and next contact.

    Don’t use a generic, form-like cover letter. Use these tips to write a fresh and informative cover letter:

    Be confident, positive, and focused

    • Target your letter to the audience and industry.
    • Be positive about your current employment situation and professional future.
    • Emphasize what you can offer the employer.
    • Express your focused career goals.
    • Don’t use empty or unproven claims about your abilities.

    Be concise, accurate, and polite

    • Use short sentences.
    • Keep the letter to one page.
    • Proofread your letter thoroughly.
    • Thank the reader for his or her time.
    • Sign your cover letter — blue ink is best to show the letter is an original.

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