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Cover Letter Overview
A cover letter should be specific for every position to which you apply. The purpose of a cover letter is to
to express enthusiasm for the position while conveying you are the right person for the job by explicitly
connecting your skills and experiences to the position. As a general rule of thumb, a cover letter should
be sent with all applications, unless the description specifically states “No cover letters, please.”
A cover letter should be limited to one page and should be addressed to a specific person. (This might
involve research on the company’s website and/or a phone call to the reception desk.) You should avoid
the salutation “To whom it may concern,” but can write “Dear Hiring Manger.” All salutations should
end with a colon, rather than a comma. In addition, paragraphs should be aligned to the left with a hard
enter between paragraphs – remember this is a business letter. Your cover letter should be one page,
and you should sign the end of the letter (electronically or otherwise). A cover letter outline can be
located at the end of the Career Services Center’s Sample Resume Book under the section titled “Sample
Cover Letter.”
Cover letters can be sent via e-mail and guidelines for doing so can be can be located at the end of the
Career Services Center’s Sample Resume Book under the section titled “E-Cover Letters.”
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