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Here are some basic things to know about and include in your cover letter:
Write your cover letter on white bond paper.
A resume cover letter should be only one page in length.
Your cover letter heading should be identical to your resume heading. Headings should include your name and contact information.
Use a business format for dating and addressing your cover letter to the appropriate person. List his/her correct position. "Mr. Ronald Jones, director of personnel."
Your cover letter salutation should be "Dear Mr. Jones:" or "Dear Mrs. Smith:". If you do not know the marital status of a female interviewer, the safe salutation is "Dear Ms. Smith:". Use a colon after the name and not a comma.
A resume cover letter is a business letter. Use formal block (not indented) paragraphs with spaces in between.
Your cover letter should consist of three paragraphs:
Cover letter introduction paragraph
State the position you are applying for.
State why you are applying and how you learned about the position.
If you can, drop a name. (Be sure you have permission.)
Do a little research and say something about the company.
Say that you are a strong candidate because of your qualifications, education, experience, interests, etc.
Cover letter job-matching paragraph
Now briefly expand on your qualifications, education, experience and interests, especially those that match the employer's needs. You want to appear as the perfect applicant. Additionally, cover letters should call out other key parts of your resume that you want the employer to notice.
Cover letter "close" paragraph
Close your resume cover letter with a bold statement that you are a strong match for the job position.
State that you are looking forward to meeting with him/her.
Take the aggressive: Say that if you don't hear from him/her in 7-10 days, you will follow up.
End your cover letter with:
(four returns-hit the "enter" key four times)
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