Create Cover Letters

A cover letter must accompany a résumé. It explains specifically how you are fit for the position, why it interests you and why they should contact you.

Parts of a Cover Letter

Heading and greeting
Every cover letter should include the date of the correspondence. List your name and how to contact you. Address the letter to a specific person or “Dear Hiring Manager”.  

Opening and introduction
Explain who you are and why you are writing. Tell them how you found out about the position.

Explain why you are a perfect and unique match for the position. Explain why you have chosen the employer. Use 5-7 bullets to highlight the assets you offer to the position.

Assertive closing
Be positive. Tell them you will contact them and follow-up as you have indicated. 

When you apply for jobs, you will be asked for references. They should be former supervisors or colleagues. Choose your references carefully. You want people who will say good things about you. Make sure to ask your references for permission to list them and tell them if they may be contacted by a potential employer. You’ll need to list their names and contact information.

Online Cover Letter and References Resources

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