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Most professional job and internship postings will ask for not only a resume but also a cover letter as part of your application package. The cover letter represents your chance to communicate very specific information as to why you are qualified for a position. While the resume represents the entirety of your relevant education and employment history, the cover letter can be written to hone in on your specific qualifications that match a particular job description. The keys to writing a solid cover letter are:
Content- Your cover letter should address specific qualities from your education and experiences that address the specific requirements listed in a job posting. One way to achieve this goal is through the following format:
Paragraph 1- Provide a short introduction that includes the job you are applying for and your enthusiasm at the prospects of this position.
Paragraph 2- Explain how your education makes you well prepared for this position. Be sure to include basics such as your academic program and graduation date as well as specifics such as courses or projects that relate to this job.
Paragraph 3- Relate how specific experiences you have had are relevant to the posted job requirements. These experiences can include past jobs, extracurricular involvement or volunteer work.
Paragraph 4- End your letter with a short wrap up where you thank the employer for reviewing your materials and look forward to hearing from them in the future.
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