It should be sent in addition to a resume, and include meaningful credentials and show off your writing skills.
Though it may seem hard to fit all of this into 1 page, it’s easy to do as long as you follow a few simple steps!
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In the application letter, you work in selective detail that makes your letter stand out, makes it memorable, and substantiates the claims you make about your skills and experience.
Take a look at this example, which is rather lacking in specifics: Are there any dense paragraphs over 8 lines?
Does your letter avoid becoming too detailed (making readers less inclined to read thoroughly)?
Does your letter avoid the opposite extreme of being so general that it could refer to practically anybody?
Does your letter present plenty of specific detail but without making the letter too densely detailed?
Do you present hard factual detail (numbers, dates, proper names) that make you stand out as an individual?