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Cover Letters to Recruiters Print E-mail

In the world of recruiters and executive search firms, resumes rule. But this doesn't mean you should ignore or forgo sending cover letters.

"If a candidate's resume is a good fit to what I'm looking for, then I'm going to take a look at the cover letter," says Dan Anderson, a partner in St. Paul-based executive search and recruitment services firm C. Anderson & Associates. At Anderson's firm, both the resume and cover letter are filed for future reference.

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New Beginnings for Your Cover Letter Print E-mail

Cover letter openers are often pretty generic, but they don’t have to be. "Most cover letters begin with something like, 'In response to your job advertisement, I'm forwarding my resume for your review and consideration,'” says Abby Locke, speaker, writer and president of Washington, DC-based Premier Writing Solutions. “Make a stronger first impression by writing something different -- something that will readily show the value you offer."

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Why Stock Cover Letters Don't Work Print E-mail

One of the undeniable wonders of computers and the Internet is the quantum personal efficiencies they've created for all of us. For example, think about how long it used to take to produce and send out cover letters and resumes. These days, if you use the same cover letter and resume for every job, you can literally apply for hundreds of jobs in a day -- assuming your forefinger doesn't cramp up from the incessant mouse clicking.

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Cover Letter Etiquette Print E-mail

Job seekers often spend countless hours developing their resumes and then treat their cover letters as an afterthought. This can be a critical mistake; the cover letter can help your resume get noticed.

Think of the cover letter as your resume's cheerleading section. To make the best impression, follow these etiquette rules:

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Should You Always Send a Cover Letter? Print E-mail
You found an exciting new job posting and are getting ready to submit your resume, but what about a cover letter? Is it always necessary to spend time writing a cover letter, or are there times you can get away without one? We checked in with a panel of career experts to find out.  
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