Cover Letters

Job Search letters provide an opportunity to make a good first impression with a prospective employer. They are a marketing tool that can be used to advertise your qualifications for a particular position. When they are well-written, they can provide evidence of a fit between your desires and qualifications above and beyond the objective resume format. Take the time to make your letter personalized and to illustrate a true fit between you and the organization.

Cover Letter Sample

Many cover letters take a three paragraph form. There are no hard and fast rules to writing a cover letter, but the following share what you might want to include in each paragraph:

Opening Paragraph

State your reason for applying to the organization (including the name of the position or vocational area in which you are interested). Indicate the source of your information about the position or the organization. Tell the employer why you are particularly interested in the company.

Middle Paragraph

Introduce your enclosed/attached resume and indicate a few qualifications which you possess that would be most valued by the prospective employer. Include a brief statement regarding your educational background, skills, leadership, employment and volunteer experience. Also, participation in related student clubs and organizations may be added.

Closing Paragraph

Close your letter by requesting an interview. Also indicate how you can be reached if they have any questions or need further information. Be sure to thank the employer for considering your request. 

Other Hints

  • Use the same header (with your name and contact information) on your resume and cover letter to make application materials look consistent
  • If you are sending a cover letter electronically, you can include it in the document with your resume to minimize the amount of clicks an employer has to make to read your application materials
  • As with your resume, try to send it in a pdf, so you can ensure the employer is seeing what you see and the word document is not altered at all

For more information, look at our Career Development Center Handbook online or pick up a hard copy in our office (Thomas 103).  You may also make an appointment with a counselor for review of your cover letter.  Call 559.278.2381 to schedule an appointment today.