Seven Quick Tips for Writing a Superior Cover Letter

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Seven Quick Tips for Writing a Superior Cover Letter

  1. Write to someone in particular. Avoid "To whom it may concern."
  2. Make absolutely no errors. Be sure there are no spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes.
  3. Personalize your content. Tailor your letter to each recipient and position.
  4. Present a good appearance. Use good quality paper and envelopes if mailing your resume and cover letter. Make a professional first impression.
  5. Begin with a friendly opening. Start your letter by sharing the reason you are writing.
  6. Target your skills and experiences. You will need to know something about the organization, the job opportunity, or the person to whom you are writing.
  7. Close with an action statement. Clearly identify what you will do next. Close on a positive note and let the employer know how and when you will follow up.