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Your Cover Letter

A cover letter combined with a copy of your resume is really your first interview with a potential employer.  Often times, how you manage this silent interview determines whether or not you'll actually have a face-to-face interview or not.

Here are a few suggestions that may prove to be helpful and increase your chances at being called in for an interview:

Your cover letter and envelope should be printed on the same paper stock as your resume.  The letter should be clean and neat, without erasures, misspellings, etc.  As with the resume, it's a good idea to have someone with good English skills read and proofread your cover letter before you send it.

Your cover letter should have a specific structure.  The first paragraph should state exactly what the job is with the company and why you are applying for their position.  The second and third paragraphs should highlight your skills and experience relative to the position.  Focus on what you can do for the employer.  In the final paragraph, again identify the job you're pursuing and specifically request an interview with the employer.  Make sure you include information on how you can be reached and your availability.
 

For your convenience, below please find links to a couple of sample letters:

Sample Cover Letter

Sample Follow Up Letter

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