A cover letter provides an employer with an introduction to you as the candidate and is designed to entice the employer to view your résumé. It is often the first impression to an employer and reflects your ability to communicate effectively in writing. A well-written cover letter highlights selective aspects of your background which best suit the employer's needs. In other words, the cover letter bridges your skills and experience with the qualifications stated on the job or internship description or what the position requires. The goals of a cover letter are to capture the reader's attention and stimulate interest, resulting in the opportunity to interview for the position.
To learn more about the key components of a cover letter and to review sample letters, please view our Cover Letter Guide.
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