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The cover letter: Doing it right

Tips to help you land that job with a good introduction letter

Now that you’ve got a solid-gold resume, you’ve got to  think of how you’re going to present it. Employers DO read the cover letter, so it's important to put some thought into doing it right.

A good cover letter can say volumes about who you are and what your goals are. Here are some tips to ensure your first contact with an employer is a memorable one.
  • Keep it short: A cover letter should never, ever be longer than one page.
  • Keep it in perspective: As you’re writing, imagine how you would interpret it if you were the employer.
  • Keep it relevant: You don’t have to discuss everything on your resume. Only highlight experiences and skills that directly pertain to the position youre applying for – and cap it at two or three examples.
  • Keep it on track: It’s easy to get carried away when writing about yourself, but no one wants to read a five- sentence account of some presentation you delivered two years ago. Save the play-by-play for your autobiography.
  • Keep it correct: There’s nothing quite so jarring as a typo or grammatical error in the first sentence of a cover letter. And it happens far more often than you’d think.
  • Keep it polite: Use proper titles (Sir/Madam, Mr./Ms./ Mrs./Miss). Introduce yourself in the first paragraph, and be sure to thank the employer for considering your application     
Here are some more great tips on cover letter writing from the Forbes on-line magazine.

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