Letters to Employers
Whether it's requested or not, if you have the opportunity to include a cover letter with your resume, do so. Cover letters give you a chance to describe your fit for the position and to demonstrate your writing skills.
Cover Letter Appointments
Career Services can review your cover letter to help you perfect your writing and approach. For an appointment with a career counselor for a cover letter review, contact Betty Butterbaugh at x. 5242 or email.
Writing Cover Letters
Cover letters should identify the job you are seeking, how you learned about it, why you want to work at the organization, the skills and experience you can bring to the job, and other ways you fit the job and the organization. Use our cover letter guide for help with format and content.
Sample Cover Letters
When drafting your cover letter, it is helpful to read examples to get ideas for format and content. However, make sure your letters are uniquely yours and not just a copy of ours or someone else's.
Customize Your Cover Letter
Employers receive dozens, even hundreds, of applications for every job. In order to stand out, both your resume and your cover letter should be customized to the employer. Tips for customization include:
- Address your letter to a specific person (call to get the name of the hiring manager)
- Include why you want to work for that specific company (how do your interests and experience match those of the organization?)
- Include how your experience can help the company (what is their mission, new initiatives, company culture and how can you contribute to it?)
- Outline the next steps (indicate when and how you'll follow up on your application)
- Demonstrate exceptional writing skills (make it brief, interesting, and relevant)
Additional Cover Letter Help
Other Employer Letters