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Writing an effective cover letter

Writing a cover letter often seems like a particularly daunting task. However, if you take it one step at a time, you'll soon be an expert at writing letters to send with your resume.

A cover letter typically accompanies each resume you send out. Your cover letter may make the difference between obtaining a job interview and having your resume ignored, so, it makes good sense to devote the necessary time and effort to writing effective cover letters.

A cover letter should complement, not duplicate your resume. Its purpose is to interpret the data-oriented, factual resume and add a personal touch. A cover letter is often your earliest written contact with a potential employer, creating a critical first impression.

Effective cover letters explain the reasons for your interest in the specific organization and identify your most relevant skills or experiences (remember, relevance is determined by the employer's self-interest). They should express a high level of interest and knowledge about the position.

Writing a stellar resume

If you were selling a product that you manufactured, would you send out shoddy, careless samples to prospective buyers? Would you mail out sloppy brochures, with out-of-focus pictures and tons of spelling mistakes? Surely, you would go over both your product and sales materials with a fine-toothed comb, making certain you weeded out anything that would make them look bad. The last thing you'd want is your merchandise getting a reputation for being substandard and inferior.

Now, it's time to market an all-important product - YOU. After all the time, energy, effort, and hard work you've invested in your career, shouldn't you present yourself in the best light? Your resume is your first step toward this goal.