While your résumé provides an overview of your background, the cover letter is your opportunity to highlight information on your résumé in a more detailed and coherent manner.

Cover letters are not optional; they are a basic courtesy of the job search process. Through the cover letter, you should accomplish the following:

  1. Explain who you are and how you learned about the organization and its opportunities. It should also show briefly your knowledge of the company.
  2. Tie together and highlight the specific skills, personal qualities, and experiences that are relevant to the employer.
  3. Indicate what actions you plan to take to follow up with the employer.

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