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How to write a cover letter for the first time

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Knowing how to write a cover letter is an important part of looking for a job.

I was always told that the cover letter is the window the employer uses to look into who you are. I was also told that it should not be just a summary of your resume. Potential employers already have that and need something more specific to understand what you can do. If you ever need to write a cover letter, there are a lot of helpful tips online. I like to use real samples every time I am going through the job search process. The samples show me how to do a cover letter with real examples. But it was not always easy for me.

The first time I wrote a cover letter, I was nervous about either saying too much or not saying enough.

I grew up in a culture that does not always embrace self-promotion even when it is necessary.

I knew I was capable of doing the jobs for which I was applying. However, I did not feel comfortable talking so much about what I can do in my cover letter. After reading a few articles about how to write a cover letter, I was able to write one that focused on what the employers needed.

What I realized was that no one knew my skills better than me. In learning how to do a cover letter, I also learned to present myself in the best way possible. I learned to show any potential employer what I could bring to the company.

I realized that it is not always about what you can do. Often it is about how well you can put those skills to work to solve problems for your employer.

It took me a few attempts to understand this.

At the time, I was too focused on my abilities. I barely took the time to learn what the company needed. After reading samples, I noticed that many of them talked about the company’s problems and what they can do about them. That helped me to look beyond myself, which was what made me nervous. Writing a cover letter became easier once I started to match my skills to what they can do for the company.

I learned how to write a cover letter without making it too much about me.

The learning process during that first job search was necessary. In addition to learning how to do a cover letter, I also learned how to do research on the companies I like. It has helped a lot since then. The first attempt may not have been what I expected, but it served as practice. I have since written many cover letters using the same tools I used the first time and adjusting to the specific needs of each job.

Every time I write a cover letter now, I remember that it is not just for my benefit. I truly believe that I am adding value to any company that hires me.

It takes away the nervous feelings I felt when writing about my own skills the first time.

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