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Cover Letters

Cover letters are an important component of your job-search materials to convey your value to employers.  You’ll use them to:

  • Introduce yourself to prospective employers and motivate them to read your resume.
  • State your career interests and highlight your strengths in relation to job responsibilities and/or organizations.
  • Demonstrate your writing skills, professionalism, and courtesy.
  • Reveal your personality and enthusiasm for the position, organization, and field.

The Career Guide, the Job Search Correspondence Module in the Canvas Career Development Toolkit, and Optimal Letter (part of OptimalResume) have many good tips on creating cover letters and samples of various types of letters.

We are available to review a rough draft of your cover letters. Make an appointment using the link above, or check the appointment schedule in your college career office to learn how to obtain this assistance.