Cover Letters often accompany your resume when applying for part-time jobs, internships, and full-time positions. If you think of your resume as offering a quick snapshot of who you are, your cover letter provides the opportunity to expand upon your experiences and connect your specific skills and knowledge to the position. As you detail your most related experiences, don't simply repeat the bullet points on your resume. Instead, focus on the takeaway of your experiences - as a result of a particular experience, what new skills did you develop and what new knowledge did you gain? How does this connect to what the position is calling for? We want you to be confident in your cover letter - please use the following information to assist you in developing or revising your cover letter.
- Cover Letters 1:01 - View this quick 60 second overview of the basics of writing a cover letter
- What does a cover letter look like? - .pdf - Not sure what information to include in your cover letter or how to format? Check out our piece-by-piece breakdown of what you need to know.
- Cover Letter Worksheet - .pdf / word (editable) - Before you begin writing your cover letter, take some time to reflect on who you are and your experiences. Utilize this worksheet to review your experiences and jot down some notes.
Sample Cover Letters
- Sample 1 - .pdf
- Sample 2 - .pdf
- Strengths-based Cover Letter .pdf and Strengths & Transferable Skills worksheet .pdf- Integrating your top 5 themes from Strengths into your cover letter, resume, and interview
- Sample Education Cover Letters
- Other Types of Cover Letters
If you’re interested in a company, but they don’t have positions currently posted, you may want to send a Letter of Introduction/Letter of Inquiry - .pdf. This is sent to an employer to “inquire” about the possibility of available positions or to ask for information about the organization. This type of letter can be used to inquire about job or internship possibilities, to request company information, or to request a meeting to discuss future opportunities within the organization. When writing this type of letter, include details about your qualifications that will prompt the employer to decide that a discussion with you would be worthwhile.