How to Write a Great Cover Letter

It’s so easy to blow it from the get-go. Here’s how: Open the letter with “Dear Sir or Madam.” Isn’t that great? You just told your potential employer that you’re too lazy to look for a hiring manager’s name. How about this approach instead: Do some due diligence. Find out some names, find out or guess the company’s e-mail address naming convention, and then, most importantly, find out what the company’s problems are. Then, in the cover letter, drop some hints to Mr. Sir or Ms. Madam about how you’re going to fix those problems. For these and other tips on cover letters, check out the article I wrote for TheLadders.

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2 Responses to “How to Write a Great Cover Letter”

  1. Abby Kohut November 30, 2009 4:25 pm
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    Great article Lisa! And, more importantly, thank you! I posted in on Twitter (@Absolutely_Abby), my Absolutely Abby Facebook page for job seekers and on LinkedIn. The way you wrote it was brilliant and it will help millions of people!

    • lisavaas November 30, 2009 4:47 pm
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      Great! I’m glad you liked it, Abby. thanks for your contributions. I hope people find it useful!