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Aside from the major skills and personal characteristics highlighted in an advertisement, there are usually ”other” qualifications criteria such as having a driver’s licence or being eligible to work in Canada. Be sure to address each of these briefly as they can be used to disqualify candidates even if other criteria are met.

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on April 15, 2015 12:20 pm

When drafting your cover letter, start with an outline. Create a chart with two columns - qualifications in the posting on the left and a space for jotting down your related experience on the right. Work on this for a while, set it aside, and come back to it again later.You will inevitably come up with examples in your work experience that are more closely related and easier to articulate if you take the time to let them form. Once you’re satisfied with the content of your outline, you can begin to put together a clear, concise, position-specific cover letter.

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on September 3, 2014 10:12 am

Make sure you tailor them to the posting; point out how you are a good fit based on the position description.  Don’t use a form letter; it needs to speak to the specific employer and position.

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on August 19, 2014 9:46 am

keep them concise and tailored to the specific job and department

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on August 13, 2014 10:55 am
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