A cover letter serves as a bridge connecting the resume you send to the specific job opportunity you’re applying for, therefore, there isn’t a “one size fits all” letter. Each letter you submit should be unique, addressing specific requirements that are listed in a job posting and should clearly explain why you are interested in that job at that company. While every cover letter you submit will vary in content, the following topics should be included in each:
If you are sending your cover letter, either via mail, email or attaching as a document on an online application site, your cover letter heading should match your resume exactly. Consistency between documents is important, so use the same style and format on both your resume and cover letter.
You should also include the following:
First paragraph – Why them?
When crafting your opening paragraph, ask yourself these questions:
Second Paragraph – Why you?
When crafting your second paragraph, ask yourself these questions:
Third Paragraph – Next Steps
When crafting your closing paragraph, make sure to do the following:
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