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Vol. 17, Issue 2 - Week of January 8, 2017

A great way to start your next cover letter?Abridged: The Balance

BOULDER, CA -- The first sentence or two of your cover letter are the most important ones. Be direct. In these opening sentences, you want to explicitly let the reader know which position you're applying for. For example: "I am interested in the Coordinator position at ABC company."

Mention a contact. If someone referred you to the position, include that information as well. For example: "Jane Doe let me know about the job, and suggested I apply for the position." State an accomplishment. Try to state an accomplishment from your previous job. If you can, show how you added value to the previous company you worked for. You might even add the job title you had if it's similar to the one you are applying for.

Express excitement. Convey your passion for your work, and your excitement about the job and company. Your cover letter is an opportunity to sell yourself to the hiring manager, and to share why you're well qualified for the job. For example: "I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss what I have to bring to the position at ABC company." Use keywords. If you can include any keywords from the job listing, do so. For example, you might mention a skill you have that was included in the listing. Don't overdo it though. You want your letter to read naturally, not appear like it's stuffed with keywords.

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