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Cover letters are not dead!

A well written cover letter can help you stand out from all the other candidates. When it’s done correctly, a cover letter highlights your skills and experience and shows why you’re the right person to meet and interview for the job.


Using a cover letter is a good way to distinguish yourself and get the hiring authority’s attention while showing them why you are qualified for the position.

Cover letter tips to make yours stand out: 

  1. Must be well written – Edit your words to make your letter top notch. Be sure there are no typos, spelling or grammatical errors and that it’s formatted correctly. And don’t forget to proofread.
  2. Not too long – one page, a few well composed paragraphs that gets to the point.
  3. Remember its goal – the reason why – why you are qualified for the job. Use it to sell you and your relevant skills. Be specific and concise.
  4. Don’t duplicate your resume – it should focus on the skills and knowledge that match the position and complements your resume
  5. Be specific to the job and company – Review the job description and use that to help you target your letter and customize it to the position Tip: use their keywords when you can.
  6. It’s your career / business narrative so make it interesting

How to format a cover letter:

  • Heading/Greeting – Date, Your contact information, Name and address of the hiring authority or recruiter if you have it and Salutation. Note: When you can’t find a name – Dear Human Resources or Dear Hiring Manager is better than “To Whom it May Concern”.
  • Opening introduction paragraph – what job you’re applying to and a short overview your skills and your skills can help them. Remember to be upbeat.
  • Skills – In this paragraph highlight why you are a match. Sell yourself with a solid summary of your background and experience. Use examples to show them what you can offer.
  • Solid closing argument – final few sentences reviewing your strengths and why they should interview you. Thank them for their time and consideration.
  • Ending – Sincerely yours.


A well-crafted cover letter can help get you an interview then you have to be ready and prepared to sell your skills and background to the employer.


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