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Top 10 Cover Letter Tips

Cover letters can help those who are looking to make a decision between one potential worker and another. As a matter of fact, cover letters play such a crucial role in the hiring process that if it is poorly written, it could ruin any chances of landing the job. There are several key rules that one should always follow when preparing a cover letter:

1. Customize the resume cover letter to match the exact position that you are applying) for. Do not make a cover letter that is will work for every single job that you will apply to, make one specially for each position.

2. Use language that is instantly understandable. This means that it isn’t necessary to dress the cover letter up anymore than a standard letter would be dressed up.

3. Explain what it is that you can bring to the company. Make sure to clearly show how, exactly, hiring you would enrich the company. Explain why you would be the best fit for a certain position within the organization.

4. Show what was most interesting about the job that you are applying to. Explain why it is that the job inspires you enthusiasm and interest.

5. Tell the recruiter what makes THEM special, what makes this company the one company that gets your cover letter and resume. What is it that makes them stand out against all others? Make these companies feel like they are the only ones you are interested in.

6. Show where the prior skills that are known and the ones that are needed for the job fit. Make sure to expand upon this and get into fairly decent detail.

7. Make corrections, check the spelling and make sure that the grammar is correct. Allow relatives or friends to read over the cover letter several times before submitting it.

8. Be formal. Using a quite formal style of writing allows objectiveness to be brought to the table and does not cloud a cover letter with self-indulgent words.

9. Acknowledge and become what the employer wants. Make sure to show that what they desire is perfectly understood and attainable.

10.  Define what strengths you have. Make sure to do so without overdoing it. Be candid and straight forward but do not lie.

An extra tip is to explain each break in employment. Don’t complain about past companies as that will not make future employers interested in hiring you. Simply explain with a calm mind why it was that your previous job did not work out and why there was more than a two week gap between employment.

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