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Cover Letter Guide

Too many job seekers don't get as many interviews as they would otherwise get since they treat their cover letter as an afterthought or they don't make one at all. Don't make that mistake.

Make sure you have a cover letter since many employers will not even consider an applicant without one. A cover letter tells the employer what type of job you are seeking and how you are qualified for the position.

 

Q: What should I do if the job ad doesn't ask for a cover letter?

A: Always include a cover letter, even if the job ad doesn't ask for it. It's good business etiquette and it also helps the recruiter quickly figure out which position you're applying for. Most importantly, a cover letter gives you another opportunity to sell yourself to the employer.

Q: Do employers even bother reading cover letters?

A: If a busy hiring manager doesn't read the letter initially, then they certainly will on the second pass. A cover letter can definitely help you, and certainly will not hurt your chances.

Q: Should I repeat what's in my resume on my cover letter?

A: Don't just copy information from your resume onto your cover letter.

Q: Can I write one cover letter for all positions or do I need to customize my cover letter each time?

A: It is worth the time to customize your letter for each job you apply to.

Q: Who should I address the letter to if I don't know the hiring manager's name?



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