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How To Write a Cover Letter

A cover letter is a document typically submitted along with a resume or job application to provide additional information about your qualifications and interest in a particular job position. It serves as an introduction and allows you to showcase your relevant skills, experiences, and achievements to the potential employer.



Aim to keep it to one page and use clear, direct language to convey your qualifications and interest in the position.


Tailor your cover letter to match the specific job requirements and company culture. Highlight the skills, experiences, and achievements that are most relevant to the position you're applying for.


Use the body paragraphs to showcase your unique qualifications and what sets you apart from other candidates.


Back up your claims with concrete examples of how your skills and experiences have contributed to your past successes. Use quantifiable results whenever possible to demonstrate your impact.


Creating Your Cover Letter 

Opening Paragraph: Introduce your interest in the position

  • State why you are writing; mention the exact position title for which you are applying.
  • Reference how you learned about this position and name any referring person.
  • Briefly describe why you are interested in this position.
  • Keep this paragraph two to three sentences.

Body of the Letter: Sell yourself to the reader

  • Give the reader insight into who you are as a person and what qualifies you for the position.
  • Link your coursework, experiences, competencies, and skills to the position description.
  • Explain how you would leverage your skills and experience in the role you are applying to.
  • Don’t include all of your experiences; do share personal qualities and motivators.
  • Keep this paragraph five to eight sentences in length.

Closing Paragraph: Request an interview

  • Directly but politely, show your desire to further discuss your qualifications in an interview.
  • Make it easy for the reader to contact you by providing your phone number and email.
  • Thank the contact person for their time and consideration.
  • Keep this paragraph to three or four sentences.


(Your signed name, if possible)

Your Typed First and Last Name

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Last Updated: 4/23/24