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How to Write a Good Cover Letter

Make the right introduction

Open doors with an engaging covering letter
Open doors with an engaging
covering letter

Considered as important as a resume, CV, or job application, a good cover letter lets you be in charge of your introduction, and show some personality as you generate interest in your background.

Introduction—Why you are writing

The first section of cover letters for job changes should clearly state why you are making contact. If responding to an advertisement or posting, start this section by stating where you saw the job and the date it was advertised. Also include a job or reference number. For example:

“In response to your ad for a Structural Architect (ref. 2354), posted on Indeed.com 14 April 2011, I would like to express my interest and detail why I’m the perfect fit.”

And, remember… when responding to advertisements, follow instructions! Pay attention to whether you should be making personal contact, emailing or mailing your information, or filling out an application on the company website.

If writing to an individual referred to you by a network connection, indicate where, or from whom, you got the individual’s name.

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