Cover Letter Guide

The purpose of a cover letter is to capture the reader's attention. It should convey why you are interested in the company (especially if you are interested in a specific position) and emphasize the three or four characteristics of your candidacy you feel make you an exceptional candidate. As with most correspondences, a lengthy cover letter is not necessarily a better letter. Strive to write in a concise and direct manner. Remember that your goal is to capture the reader's attention and make a good first impression.

Print your cover letter on the same paper that you use to print your résumé.  The letter should have one-inch margins and contain the same heading and font as your résumé. Spelling and grammatical errors are completely unacceptable.

Read a sample cover letter (18kB) (.pdf) .

View a downloadable version of our cover letter guidelines (37kB) (.pdf).



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