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  1. Contact Information:
    • Your name
    • Your address
    • City, state, ZIP code
    • Phone number
    • Email address
  2. Employer’s Contact Information:
    • Name of the hiring manager (if available)
    • Company name
    • Company address
    • City, state, ZIP code
  3. Salutation:
    • If you know the hiring manager’s name, address them by name (e.g., “Dear Mr. Smith”).
    • If you don’t know the name, you can use a general salutation (e.g., “Dear Hiring Manager”).
  4. Introduction:
    • Begin with a strong opening paragraph that states the position you’re applying for and where you found the job posting.
    • Express your enthusiasm and interest in the position and the company.
  5. Body Paragraph(s):
    • Highlight your relevant qualifications, skills, and experiences. Connect them to the specific requirements and responsibilities of the job.
    • Provide specific examples of your achievements and experiences that make you a strong candidate.
    • Address any gaps or unique aspects of your resume, such as career changes or employment gaps.
  6. Show Your Fit:
    • Explain how your skills and experiences align with the company’s values, mission, and culture.
    • Discuss why you’re a good fit for the role and how you can contribute to the company’s success.
  7. Tailor Your Letter:
    • Customize your cover letter for each job application. Avoid using a generic, one-size-fits-all template.
  8. Closing:
    • Express your continued interest in the position.
    • Mention your desire for an interview to discuss your qualifications further.
    • Thank the employer for considering your application.
  9. Signature:
    • Use a professional closing (e.g., “Sincerely” or “Best regards”).
    • Sign your cover letter if submitting a hard copy.
    • If submitting electronically, include a typed name.
  10. Enclosures:
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