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What is a Cover Letter?

What is a Cover Letter?What is a Cover Letter?

A cover letter introduces you and your resume to a potential employer, explaining both your reasons for writing and your qualifications for a specific position.

Cover letter tips:

  • Always include a cover letter.
  • Address each letter to specific contact person. If you do not know the name of a contact, call the organization and ask for the name of the Manager or Director of the department that interests you. If you can't find a contact name, write "Dear Director," but only as a爈ast resort.
  • Describe your accomplishments and experiences in a way that focuses on the needs of the employer. Cover letters need to be tailored to the employer and position for which you are applying. Avoid creating one cover letter and mass mailing it to employers.
  • Research the employer. Your letter should reflect that you know something about the organization and the type of industry in general. Each letter should be unique to that organization. Do not use a letter that looks like it could have been sent to anyone.
  • Conclude the letter by directly asking for an opportunity to meet and/or talk with the employer. Include your contact information. It is appropriate to contact the employer one to two weeks ago you send the letter to confirm they received your application and to inquire about the status of opening and your application.
  • Letters should be typed (10-12 point font), and no longer than one page. Avoid graphics.
  • Double check spelling and grammar.
  • Letter paper should match your resume.
  • Keep a copy of each letter you send.




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