Many internships, employment opportunities and other applications request a cover letter. Whenever information is requested, it obviously needs to be included. Sometimes referred to as a Letter of Application or Letter of Intent, the Cover Letter is very important.
In a competitive job market, a strong Cover Letter gets attention. Each Cover Letter should be a unique and customized, type-written document. 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 allows you an opportunity to express your interest in, and qualifications for, the position.
Your Personalized Heading from Your Résumé - (centered at the top of the letter, the rest of the letter is all left-justified)
Date you are mailing the letter (spell out the month)
Contact Person (Try to find a specific name, but at least indicate a position title)
Title of Contact
Dear Mr./ Ms./ Dr. (Contact Person):
Introduction - (3 - 4 sentences) - Why you have chosen this employer?
Body - (1 - 2 paragraphs) - Why the employer should choose you?
Closing - (2 - 4 sentences) - Your conclusion
Here are some good tips to help you write an effective cover letter. Stop by our office to have a career advisor professionally review your cover letter before you submit it for a job or internship. Remember, we are here to help!