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  "Dear Sir or Madam" is outdated.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.
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