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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 260-982-5242 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 inititatives, 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

Cover Letter Advice from an Employer

Email Etiquette

Other Employer Letters

Networking Letter Decline Letter
Prospecting Letter Rejection Letter
Thank You Letter Withdraw Letter
Acceptance Letter Reference List

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What About Email?

Most employers prefer to receive applications by email. When emailing your application, use your cover letter for the body of the email and attach your resume and other documents.


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