Cover Letter Assistance

A cover letter introduces you and your resume to potential employers or organizations you seek to join (non-profits, educational institutions, etc). It is the first document an employer sees, so it is often the first impression you will make. Take advantage of this important first impression and prepare the reader for your application.

The following is a basic outline of what a cover letter should look like. For more assistance with the cover letter portion of your application packet, please contact the Career and Community Engagement Center or keep an eye our for one of the two application workshops coming up this semester.


Salutation
Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name, (leave out if you don't have a contact or using Dear Hiring Manager or one of the other examples below)


Body of Cover Letter
The body of your cover letter lets the employer know what position you are applying for, what interests you about the position, and why the employer should select you for an interview.

  • First Paragraph
    The first paragraph of your letter should include information about the position you are seeking and what interests you about the position.

  • Middle Paragraph(s)
    The next section of your cover letter should describe what you have to offer the employer. Mention specifically how your qualifications match the job you are applying for. Remember, you are interpreting your resume, not repeating it.

  • Final Paragraph
    Conclude your cover letter by thanking the employer for considering you for the position.


Complimentary Close

Sincerely,


Signature

Handwritten Signature (for a hard copy letter)

Typed Signature