A cover letter is a business letter that is included with a resume and job application. It offers insight about your qualifications and experience related to the job for which you are applying. A cover letter is part of the first impression you make on a prospective employer – it should leave them excited to talk with you!
After you have reviewed the information and created a draft of your resume and/or cover letter that you feel good about, schedule a resume review with a Career Specialist to ensure your document is ready to go.
Applicant Contact Information (same heading as resume):
City, ST Zip Code
Hiring Company Contact Information:
Contact Name (Hiring Manager or Human Resources Personnel)
Department (If applicable)
City, ST Zip Code
Dear (contact name, if known or Hiring Manager):
The introductory paragraph is typically 2-3 sentences and serves as your statement of interest in the position. This paragraph should grab the reader’s attention so they are motivated and interested to continue reading your cover letter.
The second paragraph is the heart of your document. Here is where you not only share your achievements, expertise, and skills, but also identify where and how they relate to the job for which you are applying. Offer specific examples of direct experiences that relate to the job. Ensure that you tailor your cover letter to the job – talk about qualifications and skills they are looking for in the posting. It is also helpful to mention the company name, department, and job title as way to demonstrate you gave critical thought as to how your background aligns with their needs.
Optional Additional Body Paragraph(s):
Consider not only what your cover letter says but how it looks. Avoid run-on sentences by breaking them up at logical points. If your second paragraph is more than 5 sentences, it is a good idea to break it into two paragraphs.
The closing paragraph should be brief. Restate your interest in the position and remind them the best way(s) to contact you. Close with a statement thanking them for their time and your excitement in speaking with them further about the position.
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