A cover letter is like the cover of a book. They say the cover sells a book. Your cover letter is no different. Cover letters are what will convince managers to either read your resume or toss it with a bank shot into the circular file. Your cover letter should be a short, customized advertisement on why you are best for the job.
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Below are some helpful tips you can use to write winning cover letters - as well as two free sample cover letters. To find the free sample cover letters, just page down past the four tips. You can find more free sample cover letters by going to www.google.com or www.yahoo.com and type in "free sample cover letters" or "sample cover letters."
If you don't know the name of the manager you are sending your resume to, then don't bother sending it. Responding to help-wanted ads that offer no details about the person you are corresponding with is a waste of time. When you send out a resume and cover letter, personalize the letter to the manager you are sending it to.
Give them a compelling reason to read your resume otherwise they won't bother.
Wet their appetite by telling them a couple of your most juicy accomplishments.
Make it clear you want an interview and that you are the best person for the job. The main purpose of the cover letter is to ask for an interview. As obvious as this may seem, many people forget to actually ask for an interview in their cover letters and then they wonder why nobody is calling them for a job interview.
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