Cover Letter

A cover letter introduces you and your resume to a potential employer. When possible, you should send a cover letter with every resume you submit, even when one is not required.
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What is the Purpose of a Cover Letter?

The purpose of the cover letter is to gain the interest of an employer and be invited to an interview. While the resume provides an overview of your background, the cover letter allows you the opportunity to highlight those aspects of your background that are relevant to the position you are seeking. A good cover letter can help heighten the employer's incentive to learn more about you by reading your resume and meeting you for an interview. It also gives the employer a sample of your writing skills.

To write an effective cover letter, you need to take time to research and write an original letter. The letter should be tailored to each employer and reflect your knowledge of the employer's needs. Researching the organization and position before you write your cover letter will make this task much easier.