Cover Letter Writing

A cover letter is an essential part of your correspondence with an employer in your process of searching for a job or an internship.

Always introduce your résumé to a potential employer by sending a cover letter despite the mode of distribution. While the résumé provides an overview of your background, the cover letter gives you the opportunity to highlight those aspects of your background that are most relevant to the position you are seeking.

A good cover letter would encourage the employer to learn more about you by reading your résumé and meeting with you for an interview. It would also present the employer with a sample of your writing skills.

Why Send a Cover Letter?

  • To introduce yourself to prospective employers, indicate your interest in the company and the position, share your qualifications, and state how you might benefit their business.
  • To introduce the real you to the reader by demonstrating personality, characteristics, and strengths.
  • To emphasize your experience or education, or both!
  • To set your résumé apart from the competition.
  • To highlight the relevant information, skills, and accomplishments in the résumé.
  • To direct the reader’s attention to the points that you might want the interviewer to focus on.
  • It is vital in case you are sending your résumé to a cold contact (i.e. an unfamiliar employer that has no advertised job openings).
  • Some employers ask for it!

 

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