Career Development Center

Empowering students for success in their journey from college to career.

Cover Letter

Depending on the job description or advertisement, a company/organization may have one of the following requirements: resume and cover letter required, resume required and cover letter optional, or resume required. We recommend submitting a cover letter with your resume 100% of the time.

Purpose of a Cover Letter

  • A formal business letter to an employer letting them know that you are interested in a position with their company, your qualifications and the reasons in which they should hire you.
  • Communicates both your current capabilities and future potential.
  • Grabs the attention of employers/recruiters.
  • Allows you to expand upon the experiences listed in your resume.
  • Sells your strongest skills and accomplishments.
  • Helps get you the interview!

Review our cover letter guide to learn more about what's include in a cover letter, the structure of the page, and see an example.


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