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About Cover Letters
October 26, 2012

A cover letter is a formal letter that accompanies your résumé. This targeted marketing piece is as important as the résumé. Each letter is unique and designed to create interest and “stick your foot” in the employer’s door to ask for an opportunity to meet and speak.
Your cover letter doesn’t simply re-state your résumé—it offers some new information, and it highlights the skills you have that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Important information to include in your cover letter
The main objectives of your cover letter:
• introduce yourself, identify the position you are applying for, and explain how you found out about the position
• explain how you are qualified for the position and why you would be a great fit for the job
• ask for an interview and thank the employer
Top cover letter tips
• Learn what you can about the company or organization you’re applying to, so you can tailor your cover letter and really show the employer that you are a good fit
• Be sure to include any information that was requested in the job posting
• Use your letter as an opportunity to make a great first impression
• When possible, address your cover letter to a specific person
• Make sure the skills and experience you highlight in your cover letter are clearly connected to the job you’re applying for
• Make your cover letter easier to read by breaking the text down into short paragraphs
• Be sure to use professional and respectful language when writing your cover letter
• Your cover letter should be no more than one page long—the best strategy is to keep it short and to the point
• Review your cover letter several times and ask someone else to proofread it as well
Do I always have to submit a cover letter with my resume?
How long should my cover letter be?
What are the main points I need to include in my letter?
How should I handle salary requests?
How do I email my cover letter?

You can find answers to these questions and more at the Thornhill Employment Hub! We will help you with tips on how to tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for.
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