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Q.1. I’M A BILINGUAL office worker (Spanish, English) wondering if it makes sense for me to hire a writer or job coach to help me with a cover letter I’m trying to use to get a new job this spring. I’ve been told my English is very good, but I’m worried that there may be word rules or grammar that I’ve forgotten. I don’t have a lot of money to hire an expert, if you could recommend a more affordable alternative.

A. COVER LETTERS, in my opinion, are overrated. They need only clearly state who you are;  to whom you are writing and for which position; and a brief statement about why you would make your “new” boss’s job easier (and his or her firm more profitable). As long as you have a solid spell-check and grammar-check on your writing/editing program, you should be fine without hiring a cover letter coach. I would instead concentrate on the fine points of your resume’. And it wouldn’t hurt to have a trusted friend give it a second look as well.

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