Resume Cover Letters: How to Write a Cover Letter
When mailing out your resume to a prospective employer, you always
want to include an original cover letter. The cover letter is a business
letter and, at bare minimum, is used to transmit your resume (or other
documents, such as transcripts) to a prospective employer (What is a Cover Letter).
More importantly, a cover letter is a job search and networking tool. It
gives you the opportunity to introduce yourself to an employer, express
your interest in a position, offer the employer insight into your
personality through your writing style, and impress the employer with
your communication skills.
Why should you write a cover letter?
The cover letter introduces you to the employer and indicates a
professional attitude, the amount of preparation you have done and
additional efforts you have made.
How can the cover letter distinguish you from other applicants?
Sending a letter tailored to a specific individual, shows you are
familiar with the company and that you have carefully researched this
What should the format of the letter be?
Begin the letter with a heading including the employer's name and title,
name of the organization, mailing address and the city, state and zip
code. Several examples of cover letters can be found in the College of
Communication Career Service Center in CMA 3.104.
Cover Letter Format
What should the main points of your letter be?
First, state the purpose of your letter, the type of job you are
applying for and how you heard about the company. Second, briefly say
why you are interested in the position and in the company. Include what
you can offer in the way of educational/work experience. Third, thank
the employer for taking the time to look over your resume. Mention that
you will be the one to get in touch with them to answer any questions
about your resume and find out if the employer has any further
questions. End by saying you hope to speak with them again in the near
How to Write Cover
Cover Letter Example
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