job seekers: job search tips

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cover letter tips

A cover letter is your introduction to a prospective employer. It should always be accompanied by your resume. Take time to know the employer’s business and the type of experience they need.

A checklist for your cover letter:

  • Address your cover letter to a specific person. Don’t just send it to “Dear Sir or Madam.”
  • Write a strong first paragraph, so that the reader thinks, “Wow, I have to look at this one”!
  • Be sure to point out how you can benefit the employer’s business if you were the one chosen for the position.
  • Give a brief, clear description of the type of work you are interested in doing, as well as your qualifications.
  • Provide an overall objective for seeking employment in the employer’s business and industry. Be specific about the job for which you are applying.
  • Explain questionable items that may be on your resume, such as, multiple jobs in a short period of time or gaps between jobs.
  • Write a good closing paragraph. Request an interview, and state that you will follow up. Always include a “thank you” for taking the time to review your letter and resume.
  • Make each paragraph no more than a few sentences, no more than four paragraphs in total, and keep the whole cover letter to one page.
  • Use the same paper, font, size, etc. as your resume.

It’s important to get the attention of the person looking at your cover letter. Make yours stand out. Good luck!

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