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      When applying for jobs it may be essential to have an effective
or good cover letter.  The cover letter may be as important as the
resume or cv.  Thus, in addition to learning how to write a cv or
resume, it is important to learn how to write a cover letter for a job.
     The job application cover letter may be important for several
reasons.  First, it can provide insight into a person's interests and
goals.  Second, it may be perceived as an example of a person's
writing ability.  Third, it may provide insight into how a person
thinks.  Fourth, it may provide information that helps to convince
someone that a person should be hired.  Thus, it seems important to
make sure that the resume cover letter is well-written, informative,
and persuasive.
   There may be many views on how to write a cover letter. There
may be some important ideas concerning the psychology of the
cover letter.  Below are my ideas about how to write a job
application cover letter.

1.  Careful Proofreading

     The cover letter should be carefully proofread to make sure
there are no spelling errors, grammatical errors, or other errors.  A
cover letter with even minor errors may be perceived to be
unprofessional.   The person reading the cover letter may be
uncertain about how careful or responsible the person is.

2.  Clear and Organized Writing

    The cover letter should reflect clear and organized writing.  The
cover letter may be viewed by someone as an example of a
person's ability to communicate.  If it is unclear or disorganized, the
person reading the cover letter may be uncertain about whether the
person can communicate in a manner that others can understand
and follow.
   Clear writing is precise and specific writing.  You provide
specific examples for ideas and statements.  Organized writing is
logical, and sentences are connected to previous sentences.

3.  Persuasive Writing

      The cover letter may reflect persuasive writing in two ways.  
First, the cover letter should convince the person reading the letter
that you are really interested in the job.  You could provide a
rationale for why you would like the job. Why would you enjoy the
job?  How is the job consistent with your values, interests, and
personality?  You could provide answers to these questions.
       Second, the cover letter should convince the person reading
the letter that you are highly qualified for the job.  You could
describe how your abilities, skills, and knowledge would allow you
to do the job well.  Also, it would be important to provide examples
of your abilities, skills, and knowledge.

4.  Critical Thinking

      Critical thinking is thinking like a scientist.  You evaluate ideas
based on evidence.  Critical thinking may be highly valued in many
jobs.  Thus, it may be good to briefly present evidence of your
ability to think critically in the cover letter.  An example could be
provided.

5. Creative Thinking

      Some problems may require original solutions.  Thus, it may be
good to briefly present evidence of creative thinking in the cover
letter.  An example could be provided.

6.  Cooperation

   Cooperation is essential in many organizations.  People may
need to be able to work as a team.  It may be good to briefly
present evidence of cooperative behavior.  An example could be
provided.
PRACTICAL IDEAS