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Cover letter, resume still important

Q. I'm graduating this year and am starting to work with the career counselor at my college. She turned back the sample cover letters to go out with my resume, saying they're not explicit enough. So what am I supposed to do?

Ans. The cover letter is your first impression to employers and recruiters, and young grads need to show their value with limited work experience. That's advice from Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark, co- authors of "Cover Letter Magic" (Jist Publishing $18.95). They say highlight any professional skills you learned in any experience you had even if only in school. Emphasize any tech skills, show how you develop leadership skills in school and show your academic experiences. Show how your talents can help the employer-rather than emphasizing YOU need help.


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