CV Tips – Writing a Great Cover Letter

1.) Paragraph One: Where you heard about the job and what credentials you can bring..

2.) Paragraph Two-Three:Describe your qualifications and what you can bring to the job. Keep all examples relative to what the employer is looking for.

3.) Final Paragraph:Reiteration of paragraph one and description of how the employer can contact you.

1.) Clearly state your interest and how the employer will benefit. This should be stated within the first paragraph of your letter. Employers want to know that you are not only interested in obtaining a job, but that the job fits into your career goals. If you can incorporate your career goals into the job you are seeking, it shows employers you are serious about the position.

2.) Highlight your strongest qualifications, but only provide information that demonstrates your value to the employer. Relevant skills and qualities should be included in your letter, but listing every skill and accomplishment you’ve ever achieved weighs the letter down. Be straight-forward and clear so the employer can quickly assess whether you’re suitable for the position.

3.) Do not share unnecessary information, such as temporary unemployment due to layoff, family issue, or sabbatical. However, do share information about how you were productive during a longer period of unemployment, including classes you took, volunteer work you performed, etc.

4.) Be honest –  Do not exaggerate your skills or qualifications, or over-promise what you will be able to achieve. Employers want to know that you have the capacity to learn and to grow.

5.) Properly format your letter and make sure it is free of grammatical and spelling mistakes using spell check. When finished, get someone else to read over you letter in order to highlight any spelling or grammatical errors you may have missed.

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