Writing a cover letter is about creating a connection with the recruiter so that the recruiter sees enough potential in your candidacy to call you in for an interview. The cover letter is not to be written in isolation, but in connection with your resume. The two complete one another.
When writing your cover letter, look at it as an introduction of who you are, why you are interested in the position, and what you can bring to the position. Show that you can do the work, but also that you are someone that works well with others. How to convey this takes many drafts and is part of the “art” of writing a good cover letter, one that is authentic and conveys the relevant information in a compelling way.
Last but not least, make sure to tailor your cover letter to each position you apply to.
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