Cover Letters

The purpose of a cover letter is to briefly introduce yourself, explain the position for which you are applying, and highlight your qualifications enough to peak the employer’s interest to more closely read your resume. You always want to include a cover letter whenever you submit a resume, even if it is not specifically requested. If you email the resume, use your cover letter as the body of your email and attach your resume as a PDF document.

Not sure where to begin? Check out our tips for a standout cover letter and cover letter samples to start gathering the information you'll need for your cover letter, and view additional resources below. 

Top 10 Cover Letter Writing Tips from The Balance Careers

How to Write the Perfect Cover Letter for an Internship (Plus, an Example!)


Need help getting started or want feedback on a draft?

Not certain how to start or want to perfect it?  Schedule an appointment in Handshake to meet with a Career Counselor. For feedback on a draft of your cover letter, here is a How To video on uploading your document to your Handshake profile.  You'll hear from a CEO team member within two business days.



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