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Cover Letters

The purpose of the cover letter is to:

  • Pique the employer’s interest and to introduce your resumé
  • 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

Cover letter sections


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.


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.


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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