The Purpose of a Cover Letter:
- Goes hand and hand with a resume.
- A wonderful resume might never be read if the cover letter doesn't have the reader wanting more.
- Consider the cover letter as a first impression.
- The cover letter does not repeat the resume; instead, it provides additional information and highlights your strengths.
- Show that you have done your research by typing the specific position and organization in which you are applying.
- Use standard paper 8 1/2 x 11, the same paper as your resume, with matching envelope and letterhead.
- Stick to one page.
- Check and re-check spelling, grammar, and typographical errors.
- Address your letter to a specific person with title.
- Tailor your letter to the specific position you are applying for.
- State the reason for the letter.
- Name the specific position you are applying for.
- Indicate how you learned of the opening.
- State why you are interested in the position and organization.
Paragraph 2 and Possibly 3:
- Indicate and briefly illustrate your academic background and other experience.
- Mention relevant skills you have through volunteer position, internships, part-time jobs, etc.
- Explain what you can bring to the company.
- Explain your interest in discussing the position further.
- Repeat your contact information, telephone number, e-mail, address.
- Offer to produce additional information if desired.
- Don't forget to sign the letter.