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Tell Me About Yourself by Katharine Hansen

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CHAPTER 5

COVER LETTERS THATTELL A STORY

Unlike resumes with their clipped bullet points, cover letters offer you much wider latitude to tell stories because letters are quite compatible with the narrative form. You can engage the employer, make an emotional connection, show results, and become instantly memorable by writing at least one paragraph in the form of a powerful story. Not all employers read cover letters (about a third don’t), but those who read them do truly read the letter, unlike the resume, which they almost always skim.

In this chapter I’ll give you some ideas of the types of stories you can tell in your cover letter for maximum impact. Then I’ll reveal some of the do’s and don’ts for storytelling cover letters. All of this is ...

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