Write Your Cover Letters

What Is A Cover Letter?

The cover letter is an introduction to you and your unique combination of skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to the job. It gives you a chance to emphasize the qualities you possess and the experiences you have had which make you the ideal candidate for the position to which you are applying. 

When Do I Use a Cover Letter? 

Every time you apply for a job! Your cover letter and resume together constitute your application. 

Basics of Writing a Cover Letter

  1. Format your letter like a formal business letter.

  2. Research before you write. Research the organization, the job, and your own skills.

  3. Decipher the job ad so you can target your letter to the job.

  4. Make sure the letter is reader centered; focus on what you can give them, not what they can give you.

  5. Show your intent and enthusiasm, and highlight how the company will benefit from hiring you.

  6. Ensure your letter is targeted to a specific employer and position and that you linked your examples and experiences to the job description.

  7. Ensure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes. 

Useful Resources:

Cover Letter Formats and Examples 

Tip Sheet: Cover Letters that Command Attention


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