Describe key points for writing an effective cover letter.

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A great cover letter should be very specific and sent to an individual with their name as recipient. You should never send a letter addressed as "Dear Sir or Madam."

Briefly describe your education and experience and why they fit into what the company is looking for. Then briefly describe your achievements and skills and the benefits that you can bring to a company. Be very specific and avoid bragging, insincerity, vague words, and off-topic material.

Writing for a business audience is usually quite different than writing in the humanities, social sciences, or other academic disciplines. Business writing strives to be crisp and succinct rather than evocative or creative; it stresses specificity and accuracy. This distinction does not make business writing superior or inferior to other styles. Rather, it reflects the unique purpose and considerations involved when writing in a business context

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In order to write ineffective clever letter, you have to complete some intensive self-examination as to who you are, what your capabilities strengths and limitations are and how your skills will be a valuable asset to the employer you are trying to reach. In a cover letter you are selling yourself, is the ultimate self-promotion that is confident but not boastful. The top of your cover letter should include your personal demographics (name, address, phone number, professional e-mail address). Save the skaterdude237 @ahoo.com for your friends and family. Create an e-mail address at Yahoo or Hotmail that looks something like this brianwwilliams@yahoo.com. It provides a professional first impression to an employer that you are serious about your job search. If you have a LinkedIn or other professional job search profile be sure to include it as well. Be cautious and careful about including a Facebook or other social media link on your resume because it provides access to a potential employer of nonprofessional or social interest in activities that may give that employer the wrong impression of you. Following your personal demographics you need to include the contact information of the business or organization that you are applying to. It is beneficial to know and include the name and title of the person that your resume and cover letter will be sent to. If you are not sure if your cover letter is going to a direct person or a committee, use the salutation ”Greetings,” in place of Dear So and So. The first paragraph of your cover letter should include a narrative introducing yourself. It should cover your previous experiences and employers, any voluntary positions and internships, and relevant information that will cause a potential employer to take immediate interest in you. In this paragraph you should include specifics that include how long you work with an organization and in what capacity. This is where you discuss times and opportunities that you assisted the organization and excellent or superior capacity. You should be factual but not boastful without negatively commenting about the organization or others you work with. Here is where you discuss your education and/or training that is relevant to the job opportunity. The second paragraph of your cover letter should discuss how you can meet the needs of the organization based upon the suggested job duties combined with your skills and knowledge. At this point it is critical to be able to know something about the organization, so that the potential employer can determine if you are the right fit for the job. In this section you describe how you found out about the job opportunity or opening. The final or closing paragraph of a cover letter should be short and brief. Here is where you think the organization for taking the time to consider your resume and cover letter. At the Inn of your cover letter make sure that you state how you can be contacted if the potential employer chooses to consider you as a potential employee. Following the third paragraph, close with a brief but professional salutation, and type your name. Leave space so that you may write your signature clearly and professionally in cursive. It is suggested that you run frequent spell checks and have someone proofread your cover letter before you send it. Be aware that you may need multiple versions of your cover letter depending upon the type of opportunity that you are applying for.

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A great cover letter should be very specific and sent to an individual with their name as recipient. You should never send a letter addressed as "Dear Sir or Madam."

Briefly describe your education and experience and why they fit into what the company is looking for. Then briefly describe your achievements and skills and the benefits that you can bring to a company. Be very specific and avoid bragging, insincerity, vague words, and off-topic material.

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