Resumes

Cover Letter Tips

The goal of the cover letter is to create strong interest in you, encouraging the employer to look at your resume. Think of the cover letter as a letter of introduction, an opportunity to make a favorable first impression. In addition to highlighting your qualifications, it illustrates your communication style and conveys professionalism.

Format and Style

  • Format for visual clarity and balance
  • One page, block style, with one-inch side margins
  • The paper (if printed), font type, size, and the heading with your contact information should match your resume

Language and Tone

  • Address the person in a professional manner (e.g., Mr., Ms., or Dr.)
  • Choose a professional closing such as "Sincerely" or "Best Regards"
  • Sign the letter using both your first and last name
  • Keep consistently professional and respectful tone, but also engaging
  • Courtesies such as "please" and "thank you" are important

Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation

  • Use correct grammar and avoid contractions
  • Check for errors; proofread again and again

Content

  • Introductory Paragraph: explain reason for writing, referring to position in which you are interested, and how you heard about the opening or organization
  • Middle Paragraph(s): explain your interest in position and employer; relate your qualifications and experience; use action verbs to highlight what you have to offer
  • Closing Paragraph: request action, such as an interview; list your phone number and e-mail address, unless you have them listed on the top of the page; restate your interest in the employer; thank them for their time and consideration

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