Cover Letters and Emails
Cover letters and cover emails are one of the important ways employers learn WHY you are interested in a job. They also offer employers a way to evaluate your writing ability.
Here are a few hints:
- Be sure to write each cover letter for a specific position and address it by name to the hiring manager or HR manager whenever possible. If you don't have a name, use Dear Human Resource Manager...Search Committee Chair etc. "Dear Sir or Madam" is outdated.
- Look at the job description and/or the employment vacancy to learn what the job requires and what abilities you should stress in your letter.
- When you are finished, have someone else read it over for clarity. The staff in Career Development are always willing to do so.
- Cover letter examples from Career Development
How is a cover email different from a letter?
- An emailed cover letter contains the same ideas but does not use a business letter format.
- Edit carefully and remain professional in your email. Don't use emoticons or abbreviations that you would use to your friends.
- Hit "send" ONLY when you have read and reread your email for errors.
Do you really need to write a cover letter? Yes!
- Cover Letter Tutorial from Quintessential Careers – This detailed site has some excellent examples and advice.