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Cover Letters

You'll need to write a cover letter for almost every position to which you apply.  An effective cover letter communicates to an employer what specific skills and experience you would bring to their specific position.  A cover letter should always demonstrate to an employer why you're interested in their organization.  You can refer to some of the items on your resume when writing your cover letter, but the letter should not be a restatement of the entire resume. 

Cover letters should be different for every position to which you apply. A good cover letter will use the strong communication skills you developed through your liberal arts education to make your case to employers that you have the skills they are seeking. Cover letters take a good deal of thought and time to achieve the right level of professionalism and confidence that will appeal to employers.

Should You Send A Cover Letter?

The answer is very simple. Always send a cover letter with your resume. If you're applying for the position through an email, copy and paste the cover letter in the body of your email. Include the resume as an attachment.

Create a strong cover letter

If you follow the guidelines and view the samples in our Cover Letter Guide, you should be able to create a good cover letter. But don't be afraid to ask for help in the Career Center! Or even give it to a Writing Center consultant or your roommate. It's always better to have another pair of eyes look over your writing before you send it.

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This page was last updated on 11 October 2019