A Cover Letter (a.k.a Letter of Introduction, Letter of Application, Transmittal Letter, etc) is another pivotal tool used by serious job seekers. When accompanying a resume, the Cover Letter tells Recruiters, HR, Managers, or whoever else may be looking at your resume that you are interested in a specified position and shows them why you are qualified for that position. It should be short, concise, and briefly address your previous achievements. This gives the reader a reason to proceed on – to read your resume and, if they like it, call you for an interview!
Even if you aren’t applying for one specific job, a “template” Cover Letter is a good thing to have at the ready. This kind of letter speaks more generally about your skills and accomplishments, so it may be used in multiple circumstances. However, I always suggest you tailor each Cover Letter to the individual jobs you applying for. It’s much more tasteful and professional.
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