Cover Letters

The Career Center Is Here To Help You Create Your Perfect Cover Letter

Whether you're an incoming first-year or a graduating senior, it's never too early (or too late) to work on your cover letter. Our comprehensive cover letter guide provides an introduction to cover letter writing as well as an example of a cover letter format. 


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Cover Letter Guide

What is a cover letter?

The cover letter is a document that accompanies your resume, meant to introduce yourself and demonstrate a match between the employer’s needs and your background.

What should your cover letter do?

  • Demonstrate genuine interest in the position
  • Indicate that you have researched the company + position
  • Highlight your relevant skills, experiences, and value

What should your cover letter not do?

  • Simply repeat what is on your resume
  • Just tell - it should show!
    • For example, don’t just say you have leadership skills, explain the details of a time you utilized those skills.
  • Focus on your needs as an employee - it should focus on the • needs of the employer, and how you add value

Helpful Tips

  • Use the same header as your resume for branding purposes
  • 1 page total, 3-4 paragraphs max
  • Don’t start every sentence with "I"
  • Address the letter to a specific person. (Last resort: "Dear Hiring Manager")
  • Tailor the cover letter to the specific job - do not send a generic cover letter to every position you are applying for!
  • Submit a cover letter along with your resume for each job • you apply for, even if it does not specifically state a cover • letter is required