An Inseparable Companion to the Resume
If you are submitting your resume to several companies, do not forget to pair it with a strong cover letter. Each word that you include in these documents is important, and your future employment may depend on careful construction of the language. The writing is simpler than often assumed. With clarity, precision, good grammar and spelling, you can bet you'll earn more points.
Writing the Letter
- Try to use a high quality paper. Prepare the cover letter on your computer, and use the same font as you used on the resume.
- Try not to overdo it on a page.
- Avoid acronyms and abbreviations.
- Do not start paragraphs with the first person pronoun to avoid sounding pedantic.
- Make note in the letter of any gaps in employment on the resume.
- Do not attach letters of recommendation unless requested to do so.
Structure of the Letter
- First paragraph: You can start with a positive letter that you found on the company or a pointer on the conversation you had with the recipient beforehand. After establishing the purpose of your letter, state your position and how you learned about the vacancy. Demonstrate that you're knowledgeable about the company, for it might help your candidacy.
- Second paragraph: Highlight some of your skills that will benefit the company if you were to get the job. Make reference to information in the resume showing how you could excel, your cultural experience, and connect with the position for which you are applying. Demonstrate how you can contribute to the company and what you can offer.
- Third paragraph: Say goodbye and emphasize your interest in having an interview. Indicate that your resume is attached, and thank the reader for their time and consideration.
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