Creating a good cover letter takes forethought. A clear, effective and persuasive cover letter can help you make a fantastic first impression with a potential employer. Here are a few key tips, drawn from the main MyWorldAbroad site:
- Your email matters: When you email your resume and cover letter, they should be sent as attachments and you will have to write an email to go along with them. Don’t make the mistake of being informal. This email matters!
- Many letters for many purposes: Cover letters aren’t the only formal written communication between you and a prospective employer. You should be writing letters of inquiry, follow-up letters and letters of continued interest.
- Call before you write: Phone your potential employer to ask about the position. Make a note of the qualities they are seeking and be sure to get the name of the hiring party. This will enable you to tailor your cover letter appropriately.
- Format, format, format! The perfect cover letter has a specific format. Adhere to it (while remaining creative) and you give yourself a leg up on the competition. Reviewing other examples is a good way to get an idea of possible formats.
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