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Cover Letters

Cover Letters: add detail to your Professional story.

Cover letters can be powerful tools. They allow you to provide context or clarification about information already in your resume. It’s best to match your cover letter to each employer and the specific position.

After you draft your cover letter using our content development resources, request to have it reviewed by our team via Handshake.

Format

Your Name
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Date

Employer’s Name, Job Title
Employer’s Company
Employer’s Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear [employer’s name], 

First Paragraph

  • Introduce yourself and state the position title, job number, and where you saw the job posting.
  • Indicate if someone recommended you. *Hint: General referrals come from family or friends who know someone at the prospective employer’s company. You should always get approval from your referral to use their name.
  • Discuss your interest in the position and why you are excited to apply. 

Second Paragraph

  • Highlight why the employer would be interested in you.
  • Discuss ways you have supplemented your education with work experience, internships, involvement, etc. *Hint: This is not a rehash of your resume. Include key points from your resume and elaborate on them; tell a little story.
  • Provide examples of times you demonstrated the skills and experience they discuss within the job posting. 

Third Paragraph (optional)

  • Speak to any additional experiences and involvement you may have and help the employer understand how these experiences result in skills applicable to this position.
  • If applicable, you can use this paragraph to speak to something on your resume you feel needs more explanation (example: low GPA – you worked while in school).
  • Always make positive statements about your credentials. 

Final Paragraph

  • Indicate any follow-up you plan to do (call to provide further information, arrange an interview, find out job specifics).
  • Thank the person for their time and consideration.
  • If you indicate that you will contact them in the near future, you need to make sure you do it!