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  Tips for Writing a Great Cover Letter
  • Address your letter to a specific person in the company.

  • Spell, punctuate, and paragraph correctly.

  • Write in your own words and in conversational language.

  • Follow rules of layout and format of a standard business letter. Type on good quality paper.

  • Write the letter toward what you can offer employers, not what you think they should be offering you.

  • Describe your skills as they relate to the job.

  • Avoid using the word "I" to often.

  • Be brief, concise, and to the point.

  • Close with a direct request for some sort of action (i.e., interview or appointment).

  • Hand-sign, rather than type your signature.

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Sample Cover Letters

Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office
Last Updated: March 14, 2011