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Resume Cover Letter Importance



The cover letter is every bit as important as your resume is and should always accompany your resume or CV. Your cover letter has the function of introducing you (and your resume) to your prospective employer.

Your cover letter is the first step towards asking for an interview. Your prospective employer then decides whether or not to read your resume and to find out more about you. When all is said and done, the prospective employer will feel compelled to call you in for that important interview in order to learn more about you.

Below is an outline on how to compose an effective cover letter. Following that, are several different examples of a cover letter, including a basic cover letter template.


COVER LETTER OUTLINE – HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE COVER LETTER

Top left hand corner of letter, write your contact detailsand the date:

Jennifer Tan
2151 Sidelake Grove
New York, NY 55555
(555) 555-5555


February 20, 2005

Write the contact details of the prospective employer:
 
Mr. John Smith
Director
Icon Management
5254 Tomb Road
New York, NY 55555

Dear Mr. Smith,

Opening paragraph - Use an opening that will bring yourself well to the attention of the reader and make clear the exact job you are applying for. Then, use one of the following:

  1. Summarize the opening
  2. Name the opening
  3. Request an opening
  4. Question the availability of an opening

 
Go to the next step of my guide on how to write a good resume and cover letter: Resume Cover Letter Importance - 2