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Your cover letter provides an opportunity for you to pitch your experience and skills, but you have to get your message across quickly. If your letter’s too long, reviewers can be put off before they even start reading. So focus on its mission: to get reviewers to read your resume. Be sure to tailor your letter to the company and job you're applying for--reviewers will easily spot something that's generic. Provide a strong thesis statement that illustrates why you’re a good fit for the job and a well-constructed paragraph or list of bullet points describing how you plan to help the company achieve its goals. Don’t belabor points or regurgitate the information in your resume. Create a short, compelling narrative that proves you understand the company’s needs, and describes how you intend to meet them.

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