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How NOT to Write a Cover Letter

Zac Frank

August 06, 2009

2. It’s Not All About You

It may seem counterintuitive, but your cover letter, like your resume, should be about the employer as much as it’s about you. Yes, you need to tell the employer about yourself, but do so in the context of the employer’s needs and the specified job requirements.

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The cover letter is really your best opportunity to show the employer why your experience matters to the job to which you are applying. This means that a cover letters emphasis should be on relevant skills, not the description of job duties, accomplishments or previous projects. Take a given project, for example, as a jumping off point (i.e. first sentence or clause) of a paragraph then explain what skills you gained from it that are meaningful to your prospective employer.

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