In their free downloadable report, "Cover Letter White Paper: Key Advice for Today's Job Search," Quintessential Careers Editors Katherine and Randall Hansen interviewed employers on what they look for in cover letters. Many of the tips and advice on cover letters is helpful for any type of nonfiction writing. In fact, writing letters of thanks or appreciation to friends, relatives, and colleagues will be great practice for writing that fabulous cover letter. I rarely find a person who is good at writing cover letter, interviewing, or describing what they love to do without practice.
Employers look for letters that show honesty, enthusiasm, and respect say the Hansen's. Deciding what a person is interested in whether they are a friend or employer is as important as what you have to say. A friend would want to hear something different than an employer would be interested in. Focus your letter on what the person wants or needs to know, and explain it clearly so that it makes sense.
"Your cover letter should simply contain:
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