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Often, people think cover letters are old fashioned. But in reality, if you really want a job, you need to include one. Think about it this way. If two equally qualified people applied to a job and <em>only one</em> submitted a cover letter, which applicant do you think the company would be more likely to select? The person with the cover letter. Think of your cover letter as your personal narrative. It is your opportunity to tell a story to the hiring manager about why you are a great fit for the role.
Include compelling details in your cover letter about past work experience, your education, the parts of the job description that you match up with, and if it applies – include any outside experiences you’ve had (like volunteer work) that fit with the role or the company’s goals or overall mission.
There’s no one right way to write a cover letter. Do know, however, that there are some basic rules to keep in mind when writing a cover letter. Keep your cover letter to a single page, make sure it is free of typos, and make sure (this cannot be emphasized enough) you enthusiastically tie your skills and experience to the needs and requirements listed in the job ad.
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