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  • NYTimes Cover Letter Guidelines  Summary   http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/jobs/15career.html Jeff McNeill [email_address] http://jeffmcneill.com  
  • Greeting
      • Greeting should be the name of the hiring manager
      • if not, then "Dear Sir or Madam" or "To the Hiring Manager"
      • Use a colon after the greeting
  • Body of Letter
      • Short: no longer than 3-4 paragraphs
      • First paragraph: Explain why you are writing (answering an ad, applying for a job, etc.)
      • Middle paragraphs: Explain why you are a good candidate
        • Show you are knowledgable about the company
        • Convey a clear story about your career and highlight specific past achievements (narrative or bullet points)
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  • Closing
      • Close with "Sincerely", "Cordially", "Thank you for your consideration" or similar
      • Follow this with name and email address (and phone number)
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  • Mistakes to Avoid
      • Typos, misspellings, poor sentence structure
      • Limit use of "I"
        • instead structure letter to stress the company and what you can do to help it reach its goals
      • Do not include too much information
      • Do not point out that you do not meet all the criteria
  • Additional Suggestion
      • Follow up any electronic submission with a mailed, hardcopy version and a handwritten note that says something like: "Second submission: I'm very interested."