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Because a cover letter is your first chance to make a
lasting impression with a hiring manager, it must be professional.
To accomplish this:
Always use the same
heading for your cover letter that you have used in
use the hiring manager’s name. This personalizes the
document and shows attention to detail.
Include in your
opening paragraph what job you’re interested in and
a specific reason as to why you feel qualified for this
Include in the body
of the letter the specific experience, skills or accomplishments
from your past that dovetail with the requirements of
the new job. This data should be bulleted, rather than
presented in a solid block of text. The human eye is
drawn to bulleted areas, and they provide the data in
an easy-to-read format, so that the hiring manager can
digest the information from one sentence before moving
on to the others.
- If the letter is being addressed to a specific hiring
manager, close your letter proactively indicating that
you will be contacting the hiring manager’s office within
the next week to see if you might set up a time to meet
Sending Your Cover Letter by “Snail”
With today’s technology, most resumes and cover letters
are sent as attachments via email. However, if you have
reason to send your cover letter and resume by “snail” mail,
the documents should be printed on good bond paper (20 lbs.)
with a watermark. Choose a color that evokes professionalism;
the best choices are white or cream, though a light gray
can also be considered.