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Tips and Hints on Writing an Effective Cover Letter

The cover letter that accompanies your resume when you apply for a job allows you to differentiate yourself and highlight the skills and experience you have that make you a great match for a specific position. 

Here are SummerJobs.com's tips for crafting an effective Cover Letter.

  1. Know your audience.
    Whenever possible, address your cover letter to whom you are writing. "Dear Mrs. Smith" is always better than "To whom it may concern."
  2. Keep it short and sweet.
    Your cover letter should be no longer than one page.
  3. Make a connection.
    Describe how you heard about the position. If someone referred you, be sure to mention your reference by name.
  4. Research the company.
    A future employer is looking for someone to add-value to their organization. Provide specific examples of accomplishments that put you in a position above other candidates. Actively describe how your skill set will become their asset.
  5. Use an active voice.
    Craft your letter using action words such as "designed", "implemented", "managed", "created", "developed", etc.
  6. Thank the recipient for their time and consideration.
  7. Grammar and spelling counts.
    Triple check any correspondence to a prospective employer for proper spelling and grammar.