Cover Letters and Written Correspondence

This information provides a brief overview of cover letters and written correspondence. For additional information on cover letters, visit the Career Center during Walk-In Hours or call to schedule an appointment.

Cover letters may also be referred to as:

  • Application Letter
  • Letter of Interest
  • Letter of Intent

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Samples of Standard Job Application/Inquiry Letters [PDFs]

Samples of Follow-Up Correspondence (After the Interview) [PDFs]

Note: These sample letters [PDFs] are for reference only. Any written correspondence you create must be written in your own words and tailored to the employer and/or position for which you are applying.

Thank You Letters

  • Thank you letters are one of the most important (but least utilized) tools used in the job search process.
  • Anyone who helped you with the job search process should receive a thank you.
  • Thank you letters should be sent within 1-3 days after the interview.
  • The thank you letter is a great time to re-emphasize your strongest assets/qualifications as they relate to the position. This is also a way to express or reiterate something you feel is important yet wasn't conveyed strongly enough during your interview.
  • Remind them in the letter the best way to follow up (include telephone number/email address.)
  • Restate your interest in the position and thank them again for the opportunity to interview.