Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ten Tips for Writing Effective Cover Letters

A creative, well-written cover letter is often the best way to make your résumé stand out from the endless sea of applicants and find its way into the ?must read? pile of the person making the hiring decisions. Here are 10 simple tips to help your cover letter wow:

  1. Make yourself stand out. Get the competitive edge by writing a cover letter that focuses on your unique and exceptional qualities. What makes you an ideal candidate? Be strategic, persuasive, and concise.
  2. Target the right person. Sending your letter to the proper person can make all the difference. Avoid generic addresses such as ?To Whom It May Concern? or ?Dear Sir or Madam.? Instead, call the company and find out the name and title of the person who does the hiring for the job that in which you're interested. Remember to ask for the correct spelling of his or her name.

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