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Why A Good Cover Letter Is Essential To Your Success

Cover letters makes a good and lasting impression on your prospective employer. It comes as an introduction to your resume. Although there are conflicting debates about the utility of a cover letter, it does no harm. Supporters ascribe importance of a cover letter. They insist that some employers like to read cover letters to get an idea of the contents of your resume. Some others just flip ahead of cover letters directly into your resume.

Ideally, cover letters highlight the important and interesting points in your resume. This letter rather garners interest in the reader to delve deep into your resume and give it a thorough reading than just a glance. Hence, a well-written cover letter leaves a lasting impression on the reader. Writing a good cover letter is no Herculean task nor does it need any extra intelligence or prowess.

A successful cover letter only needs to be apt, concise, and at the same time provide valuable details. It actually sells your qualifications long before your employer probes deep into the details in your resume. The latter also provides ample clarifications for any ambiguous details in your resume. Rather, it pushes your credentials to such scaling heights that your prospective employer cannot resist the urge to call you for an interview.

Essentially, cover letter should not be repetitive of the contents in your resume. It should only highlight your achievements, special qualifications, and specific details of your character or work capabilities. A good cover letter projects your suitability to the job and it shows how you can be an asset to the organization. Therefore, while writing a cover letter focus more on how you can adapt to the needs of the organization. You should not stress on your qualifications alone.

Normally resumes are the same irrespective of the company you are applying for a job. The cover letter should ideally change and be different for every organization. You cannot and rather should not prepare a stereotyped cover letter for mailing to different vacancies at different organizations.

Every cover letter should essentially highlight and specify the special elements in your resume as suitable to the respective organization. Detailing your interests and explaining importance of working in a particular company with such relevant interests can assure you an interview at the company.

You can be successful through dint of your hard work. However, you need to be a member of an organization to work hard and earn accolades. Therefore, your cover letter helps you present your resume in an interesting and endearing fashion to your employers. It is more of a convincing tool to make your employer view your resume in a special light and grant you a favorable interview at the earliest.

John Murray publishes a blog filled with helpful articles about how to write great cover letters.

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