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How do I write a cover letter?

The general wisdom when writing a cover letter is to use actual wording from the job description, the cover letter should describe why YOU are a good match for the specific job based on your interests, skills and any other factor that makes you the right person for the job. For example, if the job description says “must have excellent customer service skills”, you should comment in your cover letter on your customer service skills and where/how you have learned or practiced them, even if it was in a volunteer job or internship.

The cover letter shows that you care enough about that job and about that company to write a tailored letter, so avoid using a standard letter that does not refer to the specific company or organization you’re applying to.  Whenever possible, find out who is hiring, and use his/her specific name and title in the heading.

The cover letter is also the place to start to show the company that you took the time to research them.  When possible, mention something that is important to the company or organization, such as their mission or their values.  Doing this may make you stand out amongst other cover letters as someone who took some time to get to know them and what they are about.  Use the internet to your advantage: it’s easy these days to research basic information about companies.

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