The Elements of Résumé Style: Essential Rules and Eye-Opening Advice for Writing Résumés and Cover Letters That Work

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Cover Letters
You get only one chance to make a first impression. If you're like many candidates, you think it's when you walk into an interview, but it's really the moment a human resources or hiring manager glances at your cover letter. Few people will read even a perfect résumé if your cover letter has errors, is unclear, or is unfocused; and if in this case your résumé is left unread, there will be no in-person interview.
Cover Letters in General
In order to produce an error-free cover letter, be sure to remember these three items (excerpted here from page xvii as reminders):
1. Don't count on your spell-check. Spell-check is not an editor: form vs. from escapes spell-check, as does their vs. there vs. they're, among countless other such examples. If one mistakenly types copletion instead of completion, several versions of Microsoft Word will suggest replacing it with copulation instead of completion. Use a dictionary.
2. Don't skip the step of proofreading your finished product. In addition to rereading your documents from start to finish to check for clarity, also read them backwards to catch typos. This will slow your reading and allow you to focus on each word.

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