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Cover Letters

A cover letter is a great way to stand out as an applicant and convey your interest to your prospective employer. We strongly recommend sending a cover letter when applying for jobs and top-choice internships.

Purpose of a Cover Letter

  • Ideally, your cover letter should convey your fit with the company. 
  • Print out a copy of your resume and the job description. Highlight what is common between them. This should be the content of your cover letter. 
  • How does your experience align with the job description?
  • For students with less experience, your cover letter should convey interest. 
  • Why are you interested in this company in particular? How do you align with their mission, vision and goals?
  • This is a great way to show off your ability to research the company!

Components of a Cover Letter

  • Heading: should resemble heading of resume and references (which includes name, contact information, email address, phone number)
  • Date
  • Name and address of Company Contact: should be Human Resources or Recruiter
  • "Dear...", do not say "To whom it may concern." Take the time to research this person's name. This shows your commitment to the job/internship search!
  • Paragraph 1: How did you find this position? Did someone refer you to this position? (Very short paragraph - no more than 2 sentences)
  • Paragraphs 2 and 3: Convey fit or interest (6-7 sentences), use real examples to connect your experience to the job description. 
  • Paragraph 4: Reiterate your interest and your contact information. (2 sentences or less)
  • Sincerely...skip 2 lines and sign your name
  • Cover letter should not exceed 1 page

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