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  • Anna Litman 7:11 pm on January 14, 2014 Permalink
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    Anna’s Pondering Question of the Week Series: How to Cover The Most Important Points in a Cover Letter 

    Happy New Year and Happy Spring Semester Everyone!

    During the last couple of weeks of the Fall 2013 semester, I reviewed many cover letters prepared by students graduating in December 2013. Some of these letters suffered from similar drawbacks: lack of specific details about relevant experiences; insufficient targeting to the employer’s needs and too many words with not enough detail. I understand that it’s not easy to write a professional letter, which needs to be short but also informative about your intentions and experience. (I struggle with the same issue in writing this blog!) You can find good information on the Career Center website regarding the purpose, content, and format of the cover letter, as well as cover letter samples. Here, I would like to suggest more tips that I have found useful to mention to students.

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  • Jennifer Carignan 5:27 pm on January 18, 2011 Permalink
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    Finding keywords: an easy trick 

    One of the best ways to get noticed by a hiring official is to tailor your application with keywords from the job announcement you’re applying to. Using these terms in your resume and cover letter can show that you’ve closely read the announcement and have the necessary experience and skills to do the job well.

    Using keywords in a resume is a particularly smart approach when you’re applying to government positions. When faced with (sometimes) hundreds of applications, hiring officials will gravitate toward applicants who clearly possess the skills needed to succeed.

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