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Write a Cover Letter Specifically to the Recipient


Continuing our series excerpted from our new, free white paper, Cover Letter Reboot: A Crowdsourced Update of Traditional Cover-letter Advice for Today’s Job Search, which you can download here. If you prefer not to download, you can read the contents here. WhitePaperScreenshot.jpg In this part of the series, we asked hiring decision-makers what they look for in a cover letter. Each post over the next several days will reveal one decision-maker’s response: A cover letter that:
  • tells me why the applicant feels that they are qualified for the job
  • shows some personality as we are looking for someone who will complement our company culture and will fit in
  • pays attention to details in the job posting and addresses them in the cover letter
I always appreciate a cleverly written cover letter that has been written just for me, as opposed to a generic cover letter that is clearly sent out to every potential employer. I am looking to hire employees who stand out from the pack — and a cover letter that stands out tells me that the candidate is willing to put in the extra work it takes to stand out.

— Sheri Graciano, human resource manager, Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau See all the parts of the white paper/Cover Letter Reboot package: Cover Letter Wish List: Hiring Decision-Makers Reveal What They Want to See in Cover Letters, Hiring Decision-Makers Cite Top Cover-Letter Mistakes that Disqualify Job-Seekers, and Cover Letters That Wowed: Hiring Decision-Makers Describe Winning Cover Letters.