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Cover Letters

Cover Letter Guidelines

These guidelines apply to both hard copy correspondence and e-mail.

  • Do not send a resume without a cover letter.
  • Create targeted cover letters for each position and employer.
  • Call attention to elements of your background — education, leadership, experience — that are relevant to the employment opportunity. Be as specific as possible, using examples.
  • Reflect your attitude, personality, motivation, enthusiasm, and communication skills.

Cover Letter Writing Hints

  • Avoid overusing the word "I." More emphasis should be placed on the organization and how you can help them.
  • Highlight relevant qualifications.
  • Explain why you want to work for the organization or company.
  • Use a font style that is simple, clear and commonplace, such as Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri.
  • Remember to sign the cover letter before sending it to employers.
  • Stop into the Advising, Retention + Career Center to get help or make an appointment to have your cover letter reviewed.