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Resumés, Cover Letters, and Interviewing Tips

Get your foot in the door with a persuasive cover letter.

Just like a well-honed resumé, an effective cover letter can help land the interview you need to start or advance your career. The cover letter provides a valuable opportunity to inform the reader which job you're pursuing, showcase your writing skills and present important reasons why you should be considered above what may be hundreds of other candidates.

To help you create a persuasive cover letter, review the suggestions and samples below. Valuable tips are also available from your career services advisor and at www.resume-resource.com/covers.html.

Get to the Point


In addition to customizing your letter to the specific job for which you're applying, keep the letter to one page and no more than three or four short paragraphs:

  • Paragraph 1: Express interest in both the company and the specific job for which you're applying.
  • Paragraph 2: Describe, in two or three sentences, the single most important skill you bring to the job (i.e., why you're uniquely qualified for the position).
  • Paragraph 3: Describe, in two or three sentences, the second most important skill you bring to the job.
  • Paragraph 4: Invite the reader to contact you and thank him or her for considering your resumé.

 

Follow a Good Example


Take a look at the following job description and Cover Letter Example 1, which follows. After reviewing these, you'll easily be able to see how the cover letter directly correlates to the job description.

Starting a New Career with an Undergraduate Degree

Company: Acme Aerospace, Inc.
Contact: Johnny Rocket, Director of Jet Propulsion
Address: 123 Main Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Position Title: Associate Engineer
Description: Equipment testing and troubleshooting (in-house and on campus), product research and pricing analysis, communication, and project management. You will gain exposure to all types of electronic equipment and loss conditions.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology- Effective oral and written communication skills (computer literate) - Proficient technical troubleshooting skills - Ability to conduct basic research and analysis of technical information - Drives project task to completion and on schedule - Creative thinking with the ability to identify alternative solutions to problems - Detail oriented with good time management and multitasking skills
Cover Letter Example 1

Additional Cover Letter Examples

Example 2
Example 3
Example 4