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How To Write a Resume Cover Letter

Here are some quick tips to help you write a cover letter to accompany your resume.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required:  30 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Write a tailored cover letter for each job to which you are applying.
  2. Start by expressing your interest in the job.
  3. Employers like to know where you heard about the job, so mention it.
  4. State what you can do for the company.
  5. Summarize and highlight your skills, qualifications and major accomplishments related to the job, but don't simply reiterate your resume.
  6. Most importantly, explain why your qualifications and the job requirements are a good match.
  7. Start wrapping it up by stating when you'll be available for work.
  8. State the best time and place the recipient can reach you.
  9. Mention that your resume is enclosed or attached.
  10. Offer to provide more information, work samples and references.
  11. Indicate that you'd like an interview in person or by phone.
  12. Thank the recipient for his or her time and consideration.
  13. Say that you look forward to hearing from the recipient.
  14. Proofread your cover letter and make corrections.


  1. Type your cover letter in a standard business format.
  2. Keep it brief.
  3. Write your cover letter in the active voice, and use action verbs such as implemented and developed.

More How To's from your Guide To Job Searching: Technical

 ~ J. Steven Niznik
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