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Cover Letters

Cover Letter
The purpose of the cover letter is to:
  • Peak the employer’s interest and to introduce your résumé
  • Highlight the skills you possess which are most important to the employer
  • Focus on what you can do for the employer, not what they can do for you


Brief Cover Letter Handout

This document outlines the sections of a professional cover letter, tips and examples.

Cover Letter Sections

  • Introduction

    The introduction of the cover letter should:

    • Capture the reader's attention
    • Be written in a clear and articulated manner
    • Make a strong first impression
    • Speak specifically about why you are intered in the particular organization

    A well written introduction shows competency, attention to detail and strong writing skills.

  • Body

    The body paragraph of the cover letter should:

    • Be one or two paragraphs in length
    • Mention relevant education, skills and experience
    • Explain how your abilities can be an asset to the employer


    Below are some guidelines that can help you create a strong cover letter body:

    • Add any relevant information that shows you will be a good employee for the company
    • Consider using bullet points in the body (such as for a list of skills you offer)
    • Tell the reader how you will be a valuable addition to their team and what sets you apart from other candidates
    • Group similar topics together (like skills, education, experience)
    • Make sure the information is relevant to the position you’re applying for


    This is the part of your cover letter to concisely articulate why the employer should consider you for a position in their company.

  • Close

    The close paragraph of the cover letter should:

    • Reinforce why you are a good fit for this position
    • Thank them for taking the time to consider your application
    • Include detailed information on how they may contact you if they have further questions


    Below are some guidelines that can help you create a strong cover letter close:

    • Be sure to sign the letter with a pen as well as your name typed
    • If you are sending your cover letter electronically, include a scanned copy with your signature
    • "Sincerely yours,” is a strong closing statement
  • Final Tips
    • Do your research about the company and learn about their core values and what types of skills they seek in their employees
    • Use the information you learn about the company to customize your cover letter
    • “Pepper” your cover letter with the same vocabulary the employer uses in their website, marketing material, job posting, annual reports, and more


Cover Letter Examples

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