It’s often said that you only have 15 seconds to impress a potential employer. Ambitious Grads know that this means that your cover letter needs to be clear, concise, visually appealing and compelling with no room for error. Most consultants think that the purpose of a cover letter is to provide an engaging personal introduction. That way you can connect your unique qualifications to the specific qualifications for the position, and to pique the employer’s curiosity enough that they just have to look at your resume. The first step in writing a cover letter is to understand what a cover letter is used for and why you need to write one. To get your cover letter in tip top shape here are some Keys to Writing a Cover Letter.

  • It should clearly explain why you want a job and what you can offer.
  • It should be tailored to each employer. No copying and pasting cover letters!
  • 2 to 4 paragraphs in length. Only 1 page.
  • Triple check for formatting consistency, spelling, grammar, and other typos.

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