The cover letter is your chance to sell your résumé to the employer. They are less direct than résumés and provide you with the opportunity to make a great first impression. It is important to include a cover letter with every résumé you submit.
The opening paragraph is your first chance to grab the employers attention. Include the following in your introduction:
Rule of thumb: Recycle terms directly from the job announcement, especially the exact “title” of the position.
The body paragraphs allow you to highlight your credentials to the employer
Rule of thumb: Tailor these paragraphs to the specific job. Remember, the most important information should come first.
The information on this page is from
Harris, Muriel. (1994). Reference Guide to Grammar and Usage. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
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