Along with your resume, a cover letter is another essential element in landing you a job interview. A cover letter is the first personal introduction between you and an employer. Your cover letter should grab their attention and make them want to look at your resume. It should emphasize your skills, abilities and experience and include parts of your education.
What are the parts of a cover letter?
Your cover letter should be no more than one page in length and should be written in three to four paragraphs in total:
Clearly state the position that you are applying for and where you heard about this position.
Include a one-sentence statement that expresses your enthusiasm for working for their company/organization.
Your next paragraph(s) should highlight specific educational or work-related experiences that show you are the right candidate for this position.
Your last paragraph should reinstate your interest in this position, make a request for an interview and provide them with a direct way to contact you and a note of thanks for their time and consideration.
Make sure to address the cover letter to the appropriate individual, using their title and department. Always proofread all documentation that you are handing to a prospective employer. Include your full name, address, phone number and e-mail address at the top of every letter.
If you would like to have your cover letter reviewed and critiqued you can:
make an appointment to have your resume reviewed in person or
submit your cover letter via e-mail
*Please allow 48 hours to have your cover letter back to you (longer during weekends and holidays).