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Katheryn Griffith Hill
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Sr. Tech Recruiter and Career/Life Coach
My advice is to keep it short, 2-3 short paragraphs. The shorter it is the better chance it has to be read all the way through. Use this space to highlight (think in bullet points) how you meet the top requirements and/or the preferred skills on posting. If there are many, focus on the top 3 listed in posting. I like to think of the cover letter as a chance to tell them something I think they need to know about me that won't show up on my resume. (i.e. I grew up in this industry, I have a passion for......, in my spare time I......., anything that relates to the job.) It's a good place to reference something you saw on their website, linkedin, etc that shows you have done research. I don't think cover letters are read by many HMs anymore but some do still require it. Keep in mind that sometimes it's to help them see your written communication style and accuracy. Double check all the grammar, punctuation etc in both cover letter and resume. If you are verbose, best to have someone review/edit to narrow it down for you.
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Erica Oliveira
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Strategic Communications Leader
I try to keep my cover letters to a page all-in. I also use it as a means to highlight skills that may not be included on my resume, or background that will help satisfy challenges of the role. I also try to scan the job req for buzz words so that they language I use mirrors the way the organization speaks about the role. I am a big believe that cover letters should be a way to convey your personality and come from the heart (without getting overly personal.) But generally speaking, I open up noting how excited I am to have come across the role, and why, and then why I'd be a good fit. Then I close with how I'm looking forward to hearing next steps. I hope this helps, and if there are more specifics you can share, I can try to offer a more detailed framing. Good luck!
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