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The articles in this section cover topics ranging from common resume blunders to understanding hiring managers' criteria.


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Writing a Cover Letter
By Sayaka Seino

When applying for a job, your job application and resume should always be accompanied by a cover letter. A cover letter is your chance to let the potential employer know exactly how you fit the job description, what you have to offer, and what your goals are. It can make or break your chance at an interview. Therefore, it is important that the cover letter be well-written, well-organized, and thoroughly proofread.

The Elements of a Winning Cover Letter
By Emily Sanderson

A cover letter is an introduction to your resume. Although it must stay brief, a cover letter can provide additional information to potential employers that you could not include in your resume. In addition to the business purpose of the letter — requesting an interview — the cover letter can discuss your career goals, your present circumstances, such as if you are relocating, and what type of position you are seeking. Most of all, a cover letter can highlight your achievements and those areas in your work history that best serve as transferable skills for the position a potential employer seeks to fill. In the following account names and circumstances have been changed.

How to Write a Business Analyst Cover Letter
By Hardeep Singh Arora

A well-written business analyst cover letter is a document that skillfully complements your resume and establishes you as a must-see candidate. An effective cover letter tells recruiters what you have accomplished successfully in the past and what you can do for them in the future. It contains no tales of woe or apologies for lack of education or work experience.

A Guide to Writing the Perfect Project Manager Cover Letter
By Hardeep Singh Arora

Once your resume has been created, formatted, and printed to your satisfaction, the next and final step before sending out your resume is to write a cover letter. A resume sent to an employer always needs an accompanying letter that briefly introduces you and your resume. Without a cover letter, how will the employer receiving your resume know what position you are applying for? Not including a cover letter with your resume will make you appear lazy or careless.

Purpose of a Cover Letter? Key Components of a Cover Letter
By Hardeep Arora

From pounding the pavement, the 21st century has given way to scouring the Internet for jobs. Nowadays applicants are expected to electronically maneuver their way around the new recruiting landscape and moreover they must target customized cover letters to specific open positions. Over the last decade, hiring practices at corporations have undergone dramatic changes and the basic, one-size-fits-all resume and cover letter has gone through numerous transformations, which has given birth to a new breed of certified resume writers.

Drafting a Cover Letter for Any Situation

You quit your last position because you thought your boss was an unethical scumbag. You decided after 15 years of trying to ''make it'' as an actor, that you should finally put that psychology degree to good use. You took time off to backpack through Europe after graduation, unexpectedly fell in love, and spent the next three years frolicking through the streets of Paris with your amour—all before he/she vanished into thin air and you decided it was time to get a job. These may be extreme examples, but most job seekers have something that they feel might keep them from obtaining their ideal job, even if their resumes are in great shape. That's where the cover letter comes in. This article will help you to assess what your cover letter needs to say based on your own unique situation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cover Letters

Here are brief answers to some frequently asked questions about cover letters:

1) What is the proper tone of a cover letter?

The Role of a Cover Letter vs. a Resume

It is assumed by many that the role of a cover letter is to get an employer to want to read your resume. The idea behind this is that the letter should pique the interest of the employer and make him/her want to see what your resume reveals.

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