How to Write a Cover Letter

Cover letters are a great opportunity to let a little bit of your personality out. Resumes can only convey so much, and because of how brief they are, a lot of information about you gets left out. Almost all job postings will require a cover letter nowadays, so it’s really important to include one. Including a cover letter shows that you care about the job, and it shows that you aren’t lazy. Two great details before the employer even reads the resume. But what to include in the letter? Here’s how to write a good cover letter.

1. The Format

Cover letters are just that, letters. As such, they should be formatted like a formal letter, which will include the address of the posting, the name of the liaison, and your contact information. If you don’t know the name of the person to whom you should be addressing your letter, you can use a more generic title like “Recruiter” or “To Whom it May Concern” – but do try to find out the addressee, it shows you care and are willing to go the extra step. As well, keep it brief and keep it to one page; you’re just trying to convey a brief summary of yourself before the resume details.

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