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Why Use Cover Letters?
You are scanning the job boards and see a listing for the perfect job. Your education and experience fit the requirements to a T. You are certain that, within hours of receiving your resume, the hiring manager will be on the phone making you an offer. After sending off a ream of resumes for a laundry list of perfect jobs, though, you are still waiting for the phone to ring.
In all likelihood, dozens of other candidates are also applying for the same jobs. These applicants may or may not be as qualified as you are, but many employers do not have the time or resources to study each resume that crosses their desks. In many cases, if the cover letter is not enticing enough the resume is not even opened.
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Cover Letter Responding to Advertisement
This Microsoft Word cover letter template features decorative letterhead, which you can remove by changing the page background. Replace the sample text in the header and footer with your name and contact information. To edit the header or footer in Word 2003, go to the View menu and select Header and Footer. In Word 2007 or 2010, go to the Insert tab and click on Header or Footer.
Change the bracketed text in the body of the template to tailor it to your skills and the specific job for which you are applying. Be sure to change the details each time you send it with a resume to customize it to the position you are seeking.
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Fax Resume Cover Letter
Many businesses request that you send your resume via fax. This Microsoft Word cover letter template makes it easy to do so, as it includes sample text in the body of the fax cover sheet.There is a table at the top of the sheet with spaces for both the sender's and the recipient's names, fax numbers and phone numbers. Replace the bracketed text in the body of the template with your information. Tailor it the position and the organization to which you are applying.
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What Should a Cover Letter Include?
You can use either or both of these Microsoft Word cover letter templates, or you can create your own from scratch. If you decide on the latter, there is specific information you should include.
Of course, your cover letter should include your contact information and should be in business letter format. Address the letter to the specific person in charge of hiring. If the job posting does not include this information, call the business and respectfully ask to whom you should address your letter.
Just as you crafted your resume to sell your skills and experience, create a cover letter that promotes your resume. State your reason for writing and where you learned about the position for which you are applying in the opening paragraph. Briefly describe why you are the best person for the job next, and close with a gracious note of appreciation for the readers time. It is also advisable to state that you will follow up and then do so. Placing a phone call or sending an e-mail displays your enthusiasm and desire to land the job.
Before you know it, you will be preparing to interview for the job of your dreams.