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Chapter 9. The Cover Letter > The Purpose of Your Cover Letter

The Purpose of Your Cover Letter

Your cover letter is meant to augment your résumé. It should not simply restate what your résumé already states. In fact, if crafted properly, your cover letter should provide a reason for the prospective employer to look more closely at and regard with more credibility your résumé.

In your cover letter, you are attempting to demonstrate how the skills and experience in your résumé are part of a larger, more complete picture. Not only do you have value and skill, but you also have a professional attitude that will benefit this company. In effect, your cover letter serves as a bridge between your résumé and a specific opportunity.


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