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Title: Writing A Cover Letter Yourself Word Count: 746 Summary: Are you planning on writing a cover letter yourself but you don’t know where to start? Do you feel a litt le overwhelmed by all that you migh t have already researched about cov er letters? Try not to stress too m uch; writing a cover letter is real ly a piece of cake as long as you k eep a few things in mind. As you are more than aware, your co ver letter is more or less a sales letter. You are the product that yo u are selling. In a nut shell your cover letter needs to show the ... Keywords: writing cover letter Article Body: Are you planning on writing a cover letter yourself but you don’t know where to start? Do you feel a litt le overwhelmed by all that you migh t have already researched about cov er letters? Try not to stress too m uch; writing a cover letter is real ly a piece of cake as long as you k eep a few things in mind. As you are more than aware, your co ver letter is more or less a sales letter. You are the product that yo u are selling. In a nut shell your cover letter needs to show the empl oyer why they would be crazy not to hire you. You letter will need to demonstrate your specific qualifica tions that make you better than any other candidate for that position. Your letter allows you to personal ize your resume. Another thing to keep in mind when writing your own cover letter is to keep it short and too the point. R emember you are not the only person applying for the position. Chances are the employer or hiring manager has a stack of resumes and cover l etters sitting on their desk. It is unlikely that they are going to si t and read a long cover letter that goes on and on. They will more tha n likely get through a sentence or 2 and lose interest and toss your r esume with your cover letter aside. Therefore your cover letter should never be more than a few paragraph s long and it should never, under a ny circumstances be longer than a p age. Anything longer than a page is almost guaranteed to make a trip i nto the black hole of cover letters that never get a second glance. Start your first paragraph off with your introduction. Address the let ter to a specific person whether it ’s the hiring manager or HR Rep. It ’s important to remember to have th is name spelled correctly and their correct title. This is where you i ntroduce yourself and your reason f or contacting them. It’s here that you tell them exactly why you want to work for their company. It’s a g ood idea to have done some prior re search of the company and include t hat in this paragraph. In your second paragraph you should incorporate some highlights from y our resume that demonstrate how qua lified you are for the position. It ’s key here to keep in mind that yo u don’t need to write your resume w ord for word. Only highlight those parts that pertain to the job. This is where you really sell yourself. This is the paragraph where you sh ould dress it up to impress. Put yo urself in the employer shoes, and a sk yourself if you meet the company ’s needs and how you meet them. Cha nces are this will be your longest paragraph but don’t get too carried away. There is no need for the emp loyer to know that you volunteer at your local community center every weekend teaching young kids how to play ball. Remember, these employer s are looking for that one person w ho best fits their needs. Use this paragraph to show them that you are exactly what they are looking for. Your final paragraph or your closin g paragraph is where you make yours elf readily available for that inte rview. After all the whole purpose of the cover letter is the land the interview. A good idea is to tell the employer to expect a call from you in a specific time to discuss t he opportunity further. End your le tter thanking them for their time a nd that you look forward to meeting them. You might be tempted to use one of the free samples of cover letters t hat you can find anywhere online. I don’t recommend this. Writing the cover letter yourself is much more personable than a generic sample le tter. A cover letter written by you is customized by you for that spec ific company and position. If you w ere to send a basic letter, chances are it will just be tossed aside. One last thing to remember is to ke ep the page itself simple. Make sur e your spelling and grammar are all correct. There is no need to go cr azy with funky fonts and strange ma rgins. It’s key to keep the cover l etter neat, basic and easy on the eye. Writing your own cover letter is no where near as hard or as intimating as it seems. Keep in mind these si mple tips and your cover letter wil l be opening doors for countless op portunities.
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