There’s something about the word “cover letter” that strikes fear into the hearts of many job applicants. But, it doesn't have to be this way.
First, remember your target audience when writing a cover letter. A hiring manager is a busy person with a full-time job, so you don’t want to waste his/her time. Keep your cover letter simple, short and sweet.
Second, think about why you’re applying for this position. Is it something you believe you’d be good at? Why? What have you done in your past positions that can prove to the hiring manager that you have the right skills? All you need to do is explain why you want to work for this company. Again, keep it simple.
Last but not least, all you really need to do is think about how you would explain your reasoning behind applying for a specific job to a friend and write it down in a few short, professional sentences. Do not overthink this. You can exude your passion for the job by stating it simply and reinforce the skills listed on your resume with a few key highlights. Don't let a cover letter scare you away from a potential opportunity and remember, keep it simple!
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