Penny Loretto reports (sample included):
"A cover letter is frequently required, and recommended, along with your job application. It expresses your interest in the role, sums up your qualifications and attempts to show how you are different than the other candidates...A good cover letter...demonstrates the strengths and benefits you will bring to the position and how your past experience will make it a quick transition. Each cover letter [you] submit should be customized for the particular job description. Particularly when applying for a job in government, an individualized cover letter is essential. Government human resources departments frequently use computer programs to scan cover letters, and using key words from the specific job description can help your application be recognized...While cover letters used to be mailed or faxed, they are now almost exclusively emailed along with your resume."
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