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Writing a Cover Letter
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Writing a Cover Letter. Article by Bemidji State University

What is a Cover Letter?

A cover letter will accompany your resume, CV, and/or application and introduce you to a prospective employer, graduate school program, etc. Because readers will gain their first impression of you from your cover letter, it is important that the letter is well-written and to-the-point. In your cover letter you should:

explain any important experiences and skills that show your potential and ability for the position
show the reader that you are taking the time and effort to individualize your application
demonstrate your written communication skills

Tips for Writing a Cover Letter

Create a header that includes: the address of whomever you writing, the date, and your contact information.
Address the letter to a specific person.
Clarify the position you are applying for.
Detail your experience and qualifications without repeating your resume or simply listing off items.
Write in a formal, professional manner.
Proofread several times for spelling and grammatical errors and organization.
Avoid contractions.
Try to close with a reminder of your strengths as a candidate and a request for a follow-up response or interview.
Provide your contact information again.
Type your name at the bottom of the letter, and sign and print your name by hand between the closing and your typed name.
Limit the letter to a length of one page, with one paragraph of introduction, one-three paragraphs detailing your qualifications, and one conclusion paragraph.

Formatting a Cover Letter

Use a standard font type and size, and standard margins (1-1.25 in.).
Leave spaces between the addresses and date in the heading.
Single-space the letter.
Align the paragraphs to the left (you don\'t need to indent the first line of each paragraph) and leave a space between each paragraph.

More Cover Letter Help :

Cover Letter Quick Tips at the Purdue OWL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/549/01/

SCSU General Cover Letter Tips: http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/resumes/coverlet/index.html

Copyright for this article belongs to Bemidji State University

This document was re-printed under the Creative Commons License. Original Source of the article is located here: http://cal.bemidjistate.edu/WRC/coverletters.html

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