Cover letter guidance: These simple tips will help applicants write professional and effective cover letters.

These Simple Tweaks Will Take Your Cover Letters From Tired to Hired

These Simple Tweaks Will Take Your Cover Letters From Tired to Hired

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March 7 2015 8:46 AM

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The job hunt is both challenging and exhausting. It's a process full of hunting, hoping, waiting, and wanting. In order to transition from applicant to candidate, you will almost always need two tools: A résumé and a cover letter. Your résumé is sleek and smart (thanks to a little help from Slate), and now it's time to tackle your cover letter. The video above offers simple tricks of the trade to improve tone, content, and grammar.

Rachel Stewart is an editor who lives in Philadelphia. Check out her work here.