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Writing Your Cover Letter in Five Steps

Step 1 – The Technicalities

  • Keep your cover letter to one page
  • Avoid, “To Whom it May Concern”; address to a hiring manager if you can
  • Use a business letter format
  • Write short paragraphs

Step 2 – Make a targeted list of companies where you would like to work

Research the companies

  • Find out the types of jobs.
  • What are their products/services?
  • What is their mission/values?
  • Research news about the company.
  • Carefully read the job announcement.

Step 3 – The Opening Paragraph

This is where your research helps! Explain why you’re interested in working there. Explain how your skills meet their needs.

Step 4 – The Second Paragraph

Mention your top accomplishments. Write about your experiences that relate to the position.

Step 5 – The Closing

Invite the hiring manager to contact you for an interview.

Thank the employer for their time and consideration.

Sincerely, Your name

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