A cover letter is great companion piece to the information in your resume and will help you stand out as a candidate. Cover letters should be thoughtfully written and tailored specifically for each position. The Pancratz Career Development Center staff is happy to review and offer feedback on your cover letter.
When to Submit a Cover Letter
Unless expressly prohibited by the employer, submitting a cover letter along with your resume is always a good idea.
Well-written cover letters can help highlight your skills, showcase your personality, and explain to the employer why you are a good fit for their company.
What to Include in a Cover Letter
First Paragraph - State the specific position for which you are applying as well as where you found the job posting. Gain the reader's attention in this paragraph by inserting some information you've learned about the company through your research. Let them know why you want to work for their company.
Second (and Third if Necessary) Paragraph - This is where you tell the employer why they should hire you by explaining how your educational qualifications, work experience, and leadership experience make you the right candidate for their position. Use the job description to cultivate this section.
Last Paragraph - Close your cover letter by asking for an interview and including your contact information. Thank the reader for his or her time and indicate that you will follow up.
Things to Remember
- Conduct detailed research about the company to inform your writing
- Whenever possible, address the cover letter with a person's name
- Font size should be 10-12 and easily readable
- Make certain to have someone proofread your letter before sending it
- Tailor the cover letter to the organization and job description