A cover letter is a short letter that often accompanies your résumé. It offers your best chance of making a good first impression, which you’ll need to do to make it to the top of the application pile.
Employers can’t look at all the applications they receive, so they sometimes read cover letters to determine which applicants are worth examining further. To get their attention, you’ll need to send the right message immediately. At the very least, employers need to know which job you want and why you would be good at it. Highlight aspects of your résumé and demonstrate any knowledge you have about the company or industry. As always, keeps things short and simple, and remember to check for typos and grammatical errors.
Visit these sites for more cover letter writing tips and samples:
- Virginia Tech University Division of Student Affairs
- Trinity College
- Georgetown University Career Education Center
Cover Letter Online Writing Courses
Creating Great Cover Letters: eCourse from Learning Express
This course walks you through the elements of an effective cover letter with hands-on exercises. Follow each exercise, and you have the option to download a completed cover letter by the end! Learning Express is free with your library card - you will be required to create a personal account. Take a short tutorial to learn more and get started.
Gale Virtual Career Library – Cover Letter Section
Walk through an online tutorial with 38 bits of wisdom to create the right cover letter for the right situation. The Virtual Career Library is free with your library card – you will be required to create a personal account.