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I 've always hated the term "cover letter." It implies that the letter you send out to accompany your résumé, the opening shot in your job-hunt campaign, is merely "decoration" for your résumé. A good cover letter does far more than just cover: It engages the reader and makes her want to explore your job qualifications more fully.
Poor cover letters. They get no love. As much as we despise them, they’re a chance to make a case, cover everything we can’t express in our resumes – which is a lot – and come across as real people to potential employers. Don’t throw a cover letter together in the hope that nobody will actually read it; to take advantage of its full potential, follow these steps. Below that, you’ll find advice on formatting, reviewing, and researching the letter as well as links to three free sample letters you can copy and adapt to your needs.