Answer Preparation Questions Before Writing a Cover Letter

Before sitting down to write your cover letter, research the company that you are targeting. Check out the job you're applying for. Spend some time reading over the company's website, especially the latest news. You should like the company, and it should meet your expectations.

As you research each of the top companies you've chosen, ask yourself:

  • What can you tell about the job?
  • What are you good at and what benefits can you offer to the company?
  • How does your personal goal fit in with the position or company?
  • What excites you about the company?

Don't start writing your letter until you've answered these key questions.

A cover letter briefly explains only two key points: your strengths and how they can benefit the company.

Follow these key points. Building on the information in your targeted resume, be as specific as you can about your achievements and skills and how they match the company's needs.

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