Cover Letter Writing Tips

A cover letter is sent with your resume to provide additional insight on your skills and experience. It typically provides detailed information on why you are qualified for the job you are applying for. Effective cover letters explain the reasons for your interest in the specific organization and role and identify your most relevant skills or experiences.

  • ALWAYS HAVE A COVER LETTER Every resume sent out should always have a cover letter. An effective cover letter expresses why you are applying, what you have to offer and how you will follow up.
  • YOUR COVER LETTER SHOULD COMPLEMENT YOUR RESUME Don't duplicate your resume. Your cover letter should be an introduction to your resume. Show how your skills not only match up with the job requirements, but also express your interest in the position. Highlight your background as it relates to the job and expand on your resume by showing specific skills that correspond to the demands of the role.
  • WRITE SIMPLY AND CLEARLY. Get right to the point. Each cover letter should be one page or less. Match your skills to the job requirements in paragraph form, to show you're qualified for the position. Each paragraph should contain three or four sentences, at most. Use simple and direct language, clearly stating why the organization interests you.
  • PERSONALIZE YOUR COVER LETTER. Address the cover letter to the individual hiring for the position. It is important to make sure you make each cover letter personal and demonstrate that you have any understanding of the organization.
  • PROOFREAD Don't leave room for errors or small mistakes in your cover letter. Read over your letter after it is completed. Have someone else read it as well to catch any mistakes you may have missed. And don't forget, always spell check!
  • KEEP COPIES OF YOUR COVER LETTERS Keep all cover letters, so you know who you sent them to. It is also important to keep correspondence of any mail you receive back as well.