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CV cover letter

General Tips:

  • Grammar and spelling must be perfect.
  • The cover letter should not be more than one page long.
  • Research and show your knowledge of the company in the cover letter (preferably in the first paragraph).

Salutation

  • If possible find and use the hiring manager’s actual name.
  • Use “Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms”. & last name of hiring manager.
  • Do not use a generic “Dear Sir/Madam”.

1st Paragraph.

  • Your opening should indicate what job you are applying to.
  • Express enthusiasm for the job.
  • Try to make a positive reference about the company to show you have taken the time to research the company before applying.

2nd Paragraph

  • Indicate what skills and experiences you can contribute to the company.
  • Relate how your skills match the requirements of the job.
  • Position yourself as a superior candidate for the job.

3rd Paragraph

  • Indicate how the employer can best contact you.
  • Thank them for their consideration.
  • If you haven’t heard anything after a reasonable amount of time has elapsed then a follow-up call is ok.

Closing

  • Use “Yours truly” or “Sincerely”.
  • Type your name.



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