Cover Letters

Cover Letter Quick Tips

Try the Rule of 3

3 THINGS

Think of 3 things you want the employer to know. 3 things that will convince me you're right for the job.

3 SECTIONS

  1. INTRO. Who are you, and why am I reading this letter? Your last sentence should name the 3 things.
  2. BODY. Explain Thing #1. Explain Thing #2. Explain Thing #3.
  3. CONCLUSION. Thank me for taking the time to read the letter. Ask for an interview. Make sure I know how much you want the job.

Cover Letter Examples

  • Campus Job | Example 1
  • Campus Job | Example 2
  • Internship | Coming Soon!
  • Entry-level Job | Coming Soon!

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Introducing... You!

A cover letter is either a formal letter or a formal e-mail that is sent to an employer in order to introduce and highlight your resume. Cover letters provide an introduction to you and your resume and create a first impression for employers. They identify the position you are seeking, connect your skills and talents to the position, and demonstrate why you are the ideal candidate or why you are uniquely qualified for the job.

We recommend:

  • Follow a business letter format
  • Target your cover letter to a particular position and organization
  • Address it to a specific individual - only as a last resort use "Dear Hiring Manager" or "Dear Search Committee"
  • Talk in terms of what you can contribute to the organization, not how the position or organization will benefit you
  • Convey focused career goals and demonstrate how you are the right fit for this position
  • Be honest and always be able to back up your claims
  • Keep it free of errors, professional, and brief - one full page is probably too much

The Rule of Three

Ask yourself, why should anyone hire me for this job? Come up with your best three answers to that question. These are your 3 THINGS: three things that you want the employer to know when they read your letter.

Your cover letter will have 3 SECTIONS. Start your letter with an introductory paragraph. Your last sentence here works like a thesis statement in an essay: it sets up the points that you plan to talk about in the body. Those points are your 3 THINGS. Explain each of the three things in the body of your letter, and finish up with a closing paragraph that sums it all up.

Organization Tips

Business Heading

Your Name

Your Address

Date

Company Name

Company Address

Dear Ms./Mr./Dr. So-and-So:

1st Section: Statement of Intent

Explain clearly what type of job you are seeking and express interest in the organization. If you are responding to a specific opening, indicate how and where you learned of the opportunity and/or the organization.

2nd Section: Summary of Qualifications

Explain why you are a good fit for the organization. Mention a few key qualifications and cite specific examples of your experiences, skills and accomplishments related to the position. Tell why the organization, location, or the type of work appeals to you.

3rd Section: Request for Action

Close by making a specific request for an interview. You can indicate that you will follow up with a phone call and if you make this claim, be sure to follow through. Thank the reader for taking the time to consider you.

Business Closing

Very Respectfully,

Your written signature

Your Typed Name

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