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What To Consider When Writing A Cover Letter

Opening Paragraph

  • State purpose
  • Mention source of lead
  • Use names of mutual friends
  • Name position seeking
  • Be assertive
  • Use recommender's name
  • Capture attention
  • State top credentials
  • Consider opening with a question


Body Paragraph

  • Create interest
  • Show enthusiasm
  • Stress skills
  • Use self-descriptive words
  • Use action verbs
  • Emphasize excellence
  • Show commitments honored
  • Present confident tone
  • Humanize
  • Tell a brief story
  • Give rationale for decisions
  • Illustrate personality
  • Point to achievement
  • Don't repeat resume
  • State performance level
  • Build credibilty
  • Create warmth
  • Give reasons for interest


Closing Paragraph

  • Close strongly
  • Stay confident
  • Avoid wimpy close
  • Make response easy
  • Restate solid match
  • Refer to resume
  • Call for appointment soon
  • Initiate follow-up plans
  • State your next step
  • Give specific date
  • Avoid "if you have..."
  • Take charge




 

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