Five Tips for Writing a Better Cover Letter

“Aim for two paragraphs (if you end up with one or three it’s okay). There is no rule that says cover letters need to be lengthy to lend insight into your background and your interest in the role.”

A well-written cover letter may not get you a job, but it will help you get noticed in a stack of 300 other applicants.

A recruiter at famed design firm IDEO shares five tips for writing a better cover letterbased on examples of great cover letters she’s received in the past.

Her tips include to show personality in your writing, explain why the position makes sense for you in your career, and make it an introduction — not a manifesto.

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