When a person starts looking for a job, employers will generally ask for four things from the applicant. The first is an application. This document is provided by the employer either through direct contact at the employer's location, or online. Most applications are now filled online, but some organizations still accept hard copy applications. Once the application is submitted, the employer will contact you if he is interested in hiring you. This is when an applicant must begin work on his or her personal documents.
When submitting a resume to an employer, it is important to include a cover letter. A cover letter can either be a hard copy document on its own, or be written in the text area of an email. It is recommended that you create a cover letter and attach it to the email, along with your resume when sending it in. You can then use the text area of the email to respond to the resume request and to indicate that you are including a cover letter.
What goes into the cover letter is very important. This is where the applicant introduces himself, or herself to the employer and tells the employer why the job is right for them. Your cover letter should thank the employer for the opportunity, and briefly explain why you are interested in the job; why you would be a good fit. It is a good idea to research the organization prior to writing your cover letter so that you know a little about what the company does. This is also good advice when writing your resume. Always use good grammar and spelling and don't forget to spellcheck your document. Most resumes and cover letters are emailed into the organization's human resources department, but it is a good idea to also print a hard copy.
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