Cover Letters

Cover Letter Structure

The purpose of the cover letter, like the resume, is to introduce yourself to a potential employer. It is a generally accepted practice to include a cover letter with a resume. The cover letter should be one page and should not be another version of the resume. This is an opportunity for you to give examples as to why you are the best candidate for the position.  It generally contains three sections:

  • Introductory Paragraph:  Include the position and how you learned about the opening.  Include some information to make yourself a standout candidate so the employer wants to continuing reading.
  • Middle Paragraph(s):  Generally contains your educational background and previous examples to connect your qualifications and experiences as it relates to the position.
  • Closing Paragraph:  Thank the employer for their time and consideration and note you would like to further discuss the position in an interview.

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