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Better Cover Letters

Tips for writing a better cover letter

  • A cover letter should accomplish three objectives: 
  1. Give the recipient a reason to be interested in you.
  2. Explain why you are interested in the job and the company.
  3. Lay the groundwork for further contact.
  • Highlight the most relevant skills and experience from your resume with more detail. Explain how these qualifications will enable you to do this job better than anyone else.
  • Show what you know about the company. A potential employer will be keyed up about you if he can sense your enthusiasm for the company. Explain why you are interested in the job, and convey your awareness of what the company does to show that you have done careful research already.
  • Set yourself up for an interview. Establish when you will contact the person next, or make yourself available to them. You could say, “I would like to learn more about working as a financial analyst at KeyCorp. You can reach me at [phone number and/or e-mail]. I look forward to hearing from you soon.”
  • Use everyday language whenever possible. You want to use intelligent language, however you don’t want to try and impress the employer with long, flowery, or uncommon words or phrases.

Cover Letter Mistakes

Know what NOT to do.
The cover letter can either be your worst enemy or your new best friend. Make sure you’re in the clear with this helpful list.