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How to Write an Effective Cover Letter

When looking for employment, there are certain aspects that must be taken into consideration. First and foremost, it is vital to have a great resume along with an effective cover letter. A cover letter is the introduction that sets the stage for potential employment. The cover letter that you write needs to include certain things and have an overall tone that conveys responsibility, respect and ability.

There is a proper format for writing the perfect cover letter. The cover letter starts with addressing the employer properly, followed by an introduction paragraph, a body paragraph or paragraphs and finally, a closing paragraph. If you have been referred to the employer by another employee or from a mutual contact, make sure to mention this information in the introduction paragraph, as this is relevant information that needs to be showcased to the employer.

Within the body of the cover letter, it is good to mention how you heard about the employer or the company/business; including any information on the positive information that you know thus far about the company/business. Along with mentioning this information, express you interest in how you would be excited to work for the particular employer and company/business.

The next part of the cover letter body needs to include your experience. Include experience that is particularly revelant to the position you are applying for. Include any experience that is paid or not paid that relates to the company’s message in general. Keep everything in the scheme of the subject of the position you are applying for. For instance, do not include experience that has nothing to do with the position or company you are applying for.

Lastly, in the concluding paragraph, include your contact information and state that you will be following up with the employer to check on the status of your application along with stating that your references are available upon request.

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