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. Follow these quick tips to get started.
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.
Explain why you are a good fit for the organization. Mention one or two 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.
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.
Visit the Studio during drop-in hours to have a Career Mentor go over your cover letter draft. Career Mentors can also help you tailor your original cover letter for different positions that you apply for.