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The Quick Resume & Cover Letter Book, 5th Edition by Michael Farr

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CHAPTER 13

The Quick Cover Letter and How to Use It

You shouldn’t send a resume to someone without explaining why. Whether you’re mailing, faxing, e-mailing, or dropping off your resume in person, it’s important to provide a letter along with it—a cover letter or cover e-mail. Even when you post your resume to a job bank or employer Web site, the site often has a place where you can upload or paste a cover letter. Depending on the circumstances, the letter should explain your situation and ask the recipient for some specific action, consideration, or response.

Entire books discuss the art of writing cover letters. Some authors go into great detail ...

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