Whether you’re fresh out of college and eager to enter the workforce, or you’re an experienced professional hoping to leap into something new, the job application process can be incredibly stressful, intimidating and disheartening – particularly, if you find you’re not getting a lot of feedback.

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While your resume will touch on the highlights of your experience and education, a great cover letter could be the difference between scoring an interview and having your application dragged over to the email trash bin.

A cover letter is essentially a complement to your resume. A good one will “expand on the skills and accomplishments written in your resume” rather than just repeating the same information, says Laura Marenco, career coach at Golden Beacon USA, a company that helps immigrants and refugees in the United States acclimate to their new country.

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