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FACT SHEET

COVER LETTER/LETTER OF APPLICATION

ALWAYS SEND A COVER LETTER or LETTER OF APPLICATION WITH A RÉSUMÉ OR APPLICATION.

ADDRESS THE COVER LETTER/LETTER OF APPLICATION TO A SPECIFIC PERSON AND NEVER TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.  (If you do not know the name of the person to whom you should send the letter, call the company and ask.)

ALWAYS INDIVIDUALLY WRITE AND SIGN COVER LETTERS/ LETTERS OF APPLICATION YOURSELF.

WRITE A COVER LETTER/LETTER OF APPLICATION IN RESPONSE TO A SPECIFIC POSITION OR OPENING.

BEFORE WRITING A COVER LETTER/LETTER OF APPLICATION, FIND OUT ALL YOU CAN ABOUT THE COMPANY AND THE POSITION.

USE THE WORD “I” AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE IN THE LETTER.

MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO SPELLING OR GRAMMAR ERRORS IN THE LETTER.

MAKE SURE THE LETTER IS NEAT.

IF THE EMPLOYER REQUESTS A HAND WRITTEN LETTER, USE BLACK OR BLUE INK.  NEVER USE A PENCIL.

ASK A FRIEND TO EDIT THE LETTER FOR YOU.  MAKE ALL CORRECTIONS AND RECOPY THE LETTER BEFORE MAILING.

ALWAYS KEEP A COPY OF THE LETTER FOR YOUR RECORDS AND FOR FOLLOW-UP PURPOSES.

Writing a Cover Letter/Letter of Application

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