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Cover Letters

Cover letters are often an employer’s first introduction to you.  With this in mind you should keep the writing friendly, enthusiastic, professional and to the point. 

The letter should highlight your most relevant skills and experiences to the job you are applying.  In the cover letter you can expand on your skills and explain how you gained and used these skills in your previous experiences.

Cover Letter Outline:

  1. Introduction Paragraph: Briefly describe why you are writing the employer including the job title, where you heard about the job and the date it was advertised (if applicable).
  2. Hard Skills: Describe the skills and experiences in your previous work experience that are relevant to the position you are applying to.  Tell the employer how you these skills will help you in the position.
  3. Soft Skills: Outline some of your personal traits that will help you in the job and make you an exceptional employee.
  4. Closing Paragraph: Thank the employer for the opportunity, tell the employer how to contact you to schedule and interview and convey your excitement about the position or organization.

Tip Sheets:
How to Write a Cover Letter (PDF 138KB)

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