Six Main Rules for Writing a Powerful Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter is not that hard if you follow a few simple rules:

  1. Keep your letter short and to the point. Don't write more than one page and more than four paragraphs.

  2. Your cover letter should be about only two things – your strengths and how they can benefit the company.

  3. Write a cover letter following your resume's key statements. A resume with a cover letter creates the highest impact when they complement each other.

  4. Write one resume and cover letter for every unique job position that will ensure your resume matches the type of candidate that the company desires as closely as possible.

  5. Your cover letter should include only the company's contact information, your personal contact information, letter greeting, opening paragraph, body paragraph, call-to-action paragraph and the letter closing.

  6. Use a few numbers. In the job market, numbers often speak louder than words. Offer some statistics to illustrate your impact – just as you have done in your targeted resume. Numbers will show you understand what company is looking for in an employee, and that is results.

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