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Researching Companies and Yourself


Writing an effective cover letter and preparing for interviews require that you know yourself pretty well and have a good sense of what the companies need. As preparation for writing your cover letter, then, you should spend some time thinking about what you want and researching prospective employers.

Finding Out What You Want

Before you can write an effective cover letter, you really need to think carefully about what you can contribute to a company and what you're personally looking for in a company. In general, you should analyze your background and skills, your values and needs, and the kind of setting you'd like to work in. The following guidelines will give you a start.

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Finding Out What Companies Want

There are lots of avenues for researching specific companies. Print resources can give you a start; people can fill in a lot of useful details. The discussion below provides specific places you can check for information that will enable you to target your letters to specific organizations.


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Last update: 5 October 1999

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