WorkVine: The Danger of Using a Cover Letter Template

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First impressions with hiring managers are important. But before you get the opportunity to meet for a face-to-face interview, it’s your cover letter that sets the tone. To entice hiring managers to carefully review your resume, it’s critical that you customize your cover letter. No, you don’t need to start from scratch every time you discover a job opening of interest, but tailoring your cover letter to each company you contact is well worth the effort.

While using a cover letter template can help you start the writing process, you still need to do the heavy lifting. After all, it’s highly unlikely you’ll land an interview if it’s obvious your cover letter could accompany an application for any job. The bottom line: When it comes to your cover letter, check the word generic at the door, dutifully research the company and be as specific and detail-oriented as possible.

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