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What to Include in a Cover Letter for a Job


When you are writing a cover letter, there is specific information that needs to be included. Your cover letter will include a contact section, a salutation, information on why you are qualified for the job, a closing, and your signature. Here's what to include in a cover letter to send with a resume when you apply for a job.

The Parts of a Cover Letter

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A cover letter is comprised of several parts: contact information, a salutation, the body of the cover letter, and an appropriate closing.  Here is an overview of each part of a cover letter and how to format a document and an email cover letter.

Cover Letter Contact Section

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When you are writing a cover letter to mail or to upload to a job board or company website, the first section of your cover letter should include information on how the employer can contact you.  When you send an email cover letter, instead of listing your contact information at the top of the message include your contact information in your signature.

Cover Letter Salutation

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It's important to include an appropriate salutation at the beginning of the cover letter or message. If you have a contact person for your letter, be sure to include their name in your letter. Here is a list of letter salutation examples that are appropriate for cover letters and other employment-related correspondence.

The Body Section of a 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.

Cover Letter Keywords

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Including keywords related to the jobs for which you are applying in your cover letters can help you get selected for a job intervew. Here's information on skill, results and recognition keywords and when and how to include them in your letters.

Cover Letter Closing

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When you're writing a cover letter to apply for a job it's important to close your letter in a professional manner.  Here is a list of letter closing examples that are appropriate for cover letters and employment related correspondence.


Cover Letter Signature

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What is included in a cover letter signature depends on whether you are sending or uploading a cover letter document or using an email message as your cover letter.  Here are examples of signatures to use in both cases.

What Not to Include in a Cover Letter

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There is some information that you shouldn't include in a cover letter. Including too much information can hinder your chances of getting an interview. Here's more on what not to include in a cover letter.

Email Cover Letters

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Email cover letters are formatted differently than document cover letters.  Here's what to include in an email cover letter, how to format your letter, and how to send an email cover letter.

Personalized Cover Letters

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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.

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