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Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities, 3rd Edition by Daniel J. Ryan Ph.D.

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CHAPTER 5Writing a Great Cover Letter

If there’s one thing about the job search that people dread more than writing a resume, it’s writing a cover letter. The reason the cover letter is so daunting is that it is both more personalized and more formal than a resume. Unlike a resume, where bullets and sentence fragments are acceptable, a cover letter should read like any other professional letter. It should be grammatically perfect, and it should contain no errors of fact.

To have any chance of standing out, the cover letter must be written for a particular position, or for one of several positions within one organization. That means that each cover letter you write needs to be specific to that reader. And it also needs to flow in a reasonable ...

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