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Land the Tech Job You Love by Andy Lester

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Create a Cover Letter

Rule #1 for cover letters: “Write one.” Many people ask, “Do I have to send a cover letter if they don’t ask for one?” I can only answer with, “Only if you want a better chance of getting the job.”

The cover letter introduces yourself to the reader and tells her things that might not be on the résumé or highlights those that are. A cover letter is personalized. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t personalize the résumé, but the cover letter is more conversational and allows you to stretch out some more than a résumé.

The reader of your cover letter should be convinced that you are interested in the job. The hiring manager reads more than enough form letters all day from mass-mailers who are just looking for any old ...

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