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The Body Section of a Cover Letter

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The Body Section of a Cover Letter

Cover Letter

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The most important part of a cover letter or an email message applying for employment, is the body of your cover letter.

The body of a cover letter includes the paragraphs where you explain why you are interested in and qualified for the job for which you are applying.

Review these cover letter examples to see samples of well-written cover letters.

Cover Letter Body

The body of your cover letter is the section of the letter that tells the hiring manager what position you are applying for and why the employer should select you for an interview. You're selling your candidacy to the reader, so it's important to be specific about your qualifications as they relate to the position.

First Paragraph:
The first paragraph of your letter should include information on why you are writing. Mention the position you are applying for and where you saw the listing. Include the name of a contact, if you have one.

Middle Paragraphs:
The next section of your cover letter should describe what you have to offer the employer. Make strong connections between your qualifications and the position requirements. Mention specifically how your skills and experience match the job you are applying for. Use several shorter paragraphs or a bulleted list of your qualifications rather than one large block of text.

Final Paragraph:
Conclude your cover letter by thanking the employer for considering you for the position. Include information on how you will follow-up, if you have enouch contact information to do so.

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