I received two separate requests last week asking how to write a proper cover letter, so here we go. The cover letter is your chance to score with a potential employer by highlighting your best skills and projects to an employer, so the space must be used wisely.
These letters should never be more than one page. Make sure you have the correct name and address of the hiring manager, because nothing is worse than sending a cover letter to the wrong person. iIf there is no name, address it to Hiring Manager. Try and avoid using the generic “to whom it may concern.”
In the first few sentences, express your interest in the job opening that was advertised and explain how you found the job ad. Next, highlight the skills and past job experiences you have that match those required by the job you’re applying for. This is the best way to give an employer great reasons on why you are the perfect fit for the job.
Add one or two lines about why you want to work for the company, then reiterate why you are the perfect candidate for their open position. Let them know you’re available for an interview at their convenience, then end with a professional salutation. Print it out, give it a read, and have someone else look it over before you send it. Good luck with your next cover letter!
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