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Tips to Writing a Good Cover Letter

By Janet Ronald

If you are to stand any chance of getting a job in today’s world, you will need a good cover letter to accompany your CV. It does all the hard job of convincing your prospective employer to give you a chance and get you an interview with them.

Applying for a job is a lot like trying to convince someone to buy something you are selling. So you should keep in mind that in this instance, you are the product. Make sure that your letter is written in such a way that will encourage the reader to take you seriously and invite you for an interview.

Your cover letter needs its own heading, so make sure you give it one. This should include the job reference number so it will be easier for whoever is handling it to categorize you. Remember, the more convenient you make their work, the higher the chance they will consider you.

The way the letter is presented matters a big deal, so take the time to plan the presentation. If it is to be printed out, make sure you do so on a plain white paper. You should also make sure that the letter is properly formatted and has no embarrassing spelling mistakes and other typing errors.

The way you introduce your letter is very important so give a lot of thought to your first sentence. Construct your sentence so it captures the reader’s attention. The rest should also be well written if that attention is to be held.

You should make sure you have touted your achievements and strong points. You should do this briefly because the cover letter should be a brief affair. This is your main chance to brag about your achievements, politely of course, and you should grab it. But remember that the letter should not be a duplicate of your resume; rather it should complement it. So keep it simple and readable. Make sure you follow the submission guidelines when you are submitting your cover letter. If you are supposed to email it as an attachment, make sure you do that and if you are supposed to paste it on the body of the email, make sure you do that too. If you do this, then you can confidently wait for your prospective employers to call you back.

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Ronald, Janet "Tips to Writing a Good Cover Letter." Tips to Writing a Good Cover Letter. 16 Oct. 2012. 2 Aug 2014 <>.

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