What makes a great cover letter?
The cover or application letter is an important tool in the job search process. The cover letter is the first page with the resume as the second. The purpose of combining the cover letter
and resume is to spark the employer's interest and to be invited for an interview or informational meeting. To write an effective cover letter you need to take time to research and write an original
letter. You should tailor each letter to be specific to each employer and reflect your knowledge of the employer's needs. Researching the organization and opportunity before you write will make
this task much easier.
Remember, the goal of the cover letter typically is to get the reader to want to read your resume and contact you for a
meeting. Employers make a decision about a resume within 10-20 seconds. A well written cover letter and resume will
significantly increase your chances of getting in the door. You are advertising yourself to others, put a great effort into it!
How should "e-cover letters" be done?