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How to make a cover letter

The basics of how to make a cover letter: Appearance
Use a standard business-letter format
Make it neat and attractive
Make easy for the reader to skim through and pick out key points
It should be no longer than one page

The basics of how to make a cover letter: Writing Style
There should be no spelling or grammar mistakes or typos
Does the letter grab the reader's attention in the first paragraph?
Is the letter concise?
Does it avoid clichés?

The basics of how to make a cover letter: Avoid Common Mistakes:
Do you avoid sounding desperate?
Does the letter go beyond simply restating your resume?
Are your objectives clear and specific?
Have you avoided listing things not relevant to the position?

The basics of how to make a cover letter: Other Considerations
If you were referred to the position by someone the employer knows then mention them
Focus on your accomplishments
Show you have done research on the company you are writing to

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