While we don't recommend that you use this headline for your cover letter, we do want to help you get the same result. Your cover letter needs to stand out to a potential employer so he or she will take a look at your resume. You'll use a cover letter whenever you send a resume to a company, either in response to an advertisement or to inquire about possible positions. Following are guidelines for killer cover letters. We've also provided samples of cover letters for you to review.
Making contact with companies and sending cover letters and resumes via e-mail is becoming more common. As a job hunter, it is your responsibility to make sure your e-mail correspondence is as polished as paper versions would be. Generally, e-mail tends to have a more conversational, informal tone, but you should not treat e-mails to potential employers that way because it will make you sound unprofessional and even immature. Instead, if an employer requests your cover letter and resume via e-mail, make sure the letter still follows the guidelines above. Simply omit the date and address blocks and begin with your salutation. Place the body of your cover letter within the e-mail and then send your resume as an attachment. If you send your thank-you note via e-mail, keep it brief but specific enough that the employer knows exactly who you are. Follow these tips to prepare well-written e-mail correspondence:
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