Cover letter
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Cover Letter

In your campaign to secure employment, there are numerous situations that will require written correspondence. All letters you write will give the prospective employer an impression of you. Therefore, it is imperative that they are in good form, carefully planed, and contain the desired information. There are several types of letters used during the job search process.

A well-drafted cover letter can help "sell" you to an employer. It should accomplish three main things:

Introduce yourself to the employer. If you are a recent college graduate, mention your major and how it would apply to the job you are seeking. Discuss the organizations/extracurricular activities you were involved in and the part-time jobs you held while a student, even if they might seem trivial to you. Chances are, you probably picked up some transferable skills that you will be able to use in the work world.

Briefly state your education and the skills that will benefit the employer. Don't go into a lot of detail here (that's what your resume is for) but give the employer a sense of your strengths and talents.

Request further action. This is where you request the next step, such as an appointment or a phone conversation. Be polite but sincere in your desire for further action.

Seminars on letter writing and resume preparation are held weekly during each semester. Check the bulletin boards and other informational materials posted in the Career Services Center.

See a sample cover letter here. (Note this is a .pdf file and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.)
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