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Writing A Cover Letter Yourself

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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 ...


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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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