Create Cover Letters

A cover letter is a letter that you send with a resume. The cover letter makes your resume more personal, and is targeted to a job lead and employer. It shows the employer that you read and understood the job description and gives the employer key points about why you are the right person for that job. You can view sample cover letter templates (pdf) here.

Parts of a Cover Letter

Heading and greeting
Every cover letter needs the date. List your name and how to contact you. Address the letter to a specific person when possible. Be sure to follow directions regarding subject reference. The employer may request that you reference the position you are applying for, the date the position was posted, etc.

Opening and introduction
Explain who you are and why you are writing. Tell them how you found out about the position.

Sell yourself. Reveal why you are a perfect and unique match for the position. Explain why you have chosen the employer. No more than 2 short paragraphs.

Assertive closing
Be positive. Tell them that you will contact them, and when. Thank them for their time. Be sure to follow up when you say you will.


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