Many internships, employment opportunities and other applications require applicants to submit a cover letter, or letter of intent.
In a competitive job market, a strong cover letter is necessary to get attention. Cover letters should be unique and customized to each position that you apply to. Distributing generic cover letters to dozens of employers rarely yields positive results. Think of the letter as an opportunity for you to expand on your résumé. It also gives you the chance to express your interest in, and qualifications for, the position.
Before you start working on your cover letter, you will need to read through the job description carefully and also write a résumé tailored to the position. The resources on the right hand side of this page can help you get started.
If you get stuck, want a second person's opinion, or are planning to submit your cover letter for a job, schedule an appointment with a career advisor to go over your cover letter.