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Formatting & References

What is a Cover Letter?

Cover Letters:

When are They Needed? Often, employers want you to submit a cover letter along with your resume. This extra document can be incredibly helpful to you if used correctly! Cover letters serve as your opportunity to communicate directly to the person in charge of hiring for the position. 

What Goes in Them? Cover letters vary in content and purpose depending on the job you are applying for, but typically they contain:

  1. a brief introduction of yourself
  2. mention of education or experience that suits the job description
  3. a statement of interest in the specific position you are seeking
  4. a show of gratitude for the employer's consideration

Why are They Important? Cover letters are great for giving your application a personality. Even though a resume will contain much more information about what skills and experience you have, a cover letter offers the employer an opportunity to hear what you have to say about your own qualifications

What Should Be Left Out? A cover letter is not a place to simply restate your experience. Also, it is important to be specific! You should tailor your letter to the position you're applying for. It is best to avoid appearing like you will just take any job