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How To Write a Custom Cover Letter

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It can be time consuming to write a custom cover letter for each job you apply for, but it's important to take the time and effort to show the company why you are a good match.

Showcase Your Qualifications

Employers typically won't even consider a candidate who doesn't appear to be qualified at first glance. That first glance at your cover letter is your one opportunity to make a good impression and make it to the next round. In order to pass that first round of screening, you must specifically address the job ad and state why you are qualified for the position

To write a custom cover letter, take the job posting and list the criteria the employer is looking for. Then list the skills and experience you have. Either address how your skills match the job in paragraph form or list the criteria and your qualifications.

Also include skill, results and recognition keywords in your cover letter to increase your chances of getting selected for an interview.

This way, the hiring manager can see, at a glance, why and how you're qualified for the job.

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It's certainly easier to write generic or blanket cover letters than it is to write a cover letter specifically targeted to each position you apply for. Here's how to write custom cover letters that work.

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Cover Letter Examples
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