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I hate cover letters

Does anyone have any good tips on writing fast, easy, and effective cover letters? I just hate writing these things. Better yet, does anyone want to write one for me??

Re: I hate cover letters

  • Divide it into segments and keep it brief.  Both make it more manageable from both ends.  First paragraph:  state what position you are applying for and that your resume is enclosed/attached.  X looks like a great company for the following reasons and you believe your qualifications are a great match for the needs of X.

    2nd paragraph:  why you are a good match.  This is the toughest.  Don't wax poetic here.  Keep it brief and concrete.  A real example or two will suffice.  "Organizing the HGTV RV Exposition for the past 5 years has showcased my talents for xyz as well as the RVs."  You really only need 3-5 sentences max.  It's a cover letter, not a tome.

    3rd paragraph:  wrap it up.  "Should you have any questions regarding my qualifications, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you for this opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you soon."

    Sign off.

    DD -- 5YO
    DS -- 3YO

  • Oh me too. I just copy one from the internet and use my own words. Keep it simple. I just looked it up online and there are waaay to many to choose from and NOW there are options for an online cover letter. Geesh, GL! Check Monster.com too!!
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  • Thanks all. Yeah, it's really that 2nd paragraph that drives me nuts (I use the same format). I always have trouble summarizing my experience and making it applicable, and all the examples online always sound so much better than what I end up with. Ah well, back to the drawing board.

    I don't even know why these things are necessary. I do interviews for my company too and I usually just skip the cover letter and go straight to the resume.

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