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Your contact information section should start with your own: your full name, address, phone number, email address, and relevant online professional portfolio links, such as LinkedIn. You should then follow it up with your hiring manager’s contact information, which should include similar items: their name, company name and address, and the company phone number. If you do not know the recruiter’s name, then you can omit this.
Since you are applying to a professional position, you want to keep your greeting professional as well. A simple “Dear Mr./Mrs.” will suffice. If you do not know your hiring manager’s name, try to research the person you will be speaking to.
The body of your cover letter should consist of three concise paragraphs. Your first paragraph should state your career purpose straight away, and make it clear why you want this job. Your first paragraph is key in grabbing your recruiter’s attention and where you sell your enthusiasm and passion for the position.
Much like your greeting, your sign-off should be short and sweet. “Sincerely” and “Thank you” are some great examples.
Resumes give recruiters more of an overview of your previous experiences and other accomplishments. Cover letters are different in that they allow you to speak directly to your job recruiters and highlight the most essential experiences and skills that you have developed that will help you stand out from other competitors. In short, it is a way to pitch to your recruiters why you should be hired. ResumeHelp has loads of cover letter samples and cover letter tips to help you get started on your own.
Cover letters should never be more than a page long. This should include all of your contact information as well as your body paragraphs, so make sure that you keep your cover letter concise and to the point.
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