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Cover Letters

Many times an employer's first contact with you - a prospective employee - is your cover letter. It introduces yourself and gives a summary of your experiences. Your letter creates an immediate impression for the employer. Therefore, it must be clear, creative, and concise.

TYPES OF COVER LETTERS
Cover letters generally fall into one of two categories:

  • Application Letter
    • This type of cover letter is used to apply for a position you know is available.
  • Inquiry Letter
    • This type of cover letter is used when you want to inquire about possible openings with a company but you are not aware of any.
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COVER LETTER SAMPLES (PDFs)
Samples of cover letters are located below. Additional samples can be found in Career Services. Please refer to these samples as guidelines. A good cover letter can do as much to help you land a job or internship as a good resume - maybe even more!

TIPS
Your cover letter or letter of application is just as important as your resume, if not more important. A great deal of effort should also be placed on the development of each cover letter.

  • Include a cover letter with every resume that you send unless a prospective employer specifically states otherwise.
  • Keep your letter to one page and be concise. Get to the point and do not use unnecessary words.
  • Address as many of the qualifications that the position requires as you can in your letter - what they are and proof that you meet them.
  • Anticipate questions the reader may have and answer them.
  • Don't use a form letter. Tailor your letter to each position for which you are applying.
  • Use the same paper for both your cover letter and resume.
  • Use the same language as the job announcement.
  • Always address your letter to a specific individual with correct title and business address. Call the company (human resources or department you are interested in) and get a name if you don't have one.
  • Always sign your letter.
  • Be positive in content, tone, word choice, and expectations. Use an active rather than passive voice.
  • Proofread. Make sure there are no errors.