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The Joy of Cover Letters

Dear Sir or Madam:

I would like to ask the fine members of ONTD_Careers for advice about cover letters. I believe that our shared experience could help us compose more effective cover letters and thus lead us to better careers.

I have a firm grasp of the English language and have been trained in persuasive writing. However, I would welcome additional input on composing cover letters. While many of us work in industries that allow for creative cover letters, there still remain those of us who are obliged to provide a standard cover letter as a resume accompaniment. Is it possible to avoid horribly stilted language in these missives? What is the best way to explain a work experience that ended badly? Are contractions really forbidden?

I would greatly welcome any comments or advice you might provide, as well as reference to other resources any of you have used in the past, such as books or websites.

Very truly yours,


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  • ontd_careers
    14 Mar 2013, 13:56
    Frankly speaking, in your cover letter you should write information that matches the listed job requirements. If you have some problems in writing a cover letter, you can read the career articles on…
  • ontd_careers
    13 May 2012, 18:40
    When I applied for my school's internship program, the director met with each of us privately and talked over our cover letters and resumes. One thing he mentioned is to elaborate what you have in…
  • ontd_careers
    9 May 2012, 00:30
    I need help with this too as i keep getting different info from different people. Some say tell what you can bring to the table, examples, etc. others say keep it VERY brief, just express interest,…
  • ontd_careers
    8 May 2012, 23:41
    DO NOT explain a work experience that ended badly in your cover letter. That is for your interview.

    I would avoid contractions, but formal language isn't always necessary depending on the company.
  • ontd_careers
    8 May 2012, 04:09
    Dear Ceruleanshipper,

    I have nothing useful to add after a long day. I might tomorrow, however.

    I just wanted to communicate with you that this is adorable beyond words, and quite witty.…
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