Writing a Cover Letter

The purpose of a cover letter is to demonstrate how your background and skills make you a good fit for the position you are applying for and the organization. Include a cover letter with every resume you send to employers. Writing cover letters takes time, but it's worthwhile in a competitive job market.

 

Cover Letter Writing Tips

 

If you follow these tips, your cover letter has a better chance of standing out:

  • Research the company. Target your cover letter for each individual position. Address the letter to a specific person in the organization whenever possible.
  • Highlight your accomplishments. Illustrate your top qualities and skills without repeating your resume. Indicate how your strongest qualifications can benefit the employer's needs. Cite accomplishments you can measure and that are pertinent to the job.
  • Follow the cover letter format. Limit your letter to 3 short paragraphs with a few fact-filled bullets. Explain the reason you are applying for the position. Show your knowledge about the organization. Next, express what you can bring to the job and how you can benefit the organization. Thank the employer and include your contact information. Proofread your letter. Meet with a career advisor and get a free critique of your cover letter.

 

Cover Letter Websites

 

The websites below provide cover letter samples and advice.