Cover Letters

The cover letter is your chance to impress your potential employer. Make two lists before writing the letter. First, list the keywords in the job ad; you want to be sure that the hiring committee knows that you understand what the job requires and are prepared to do it. Second, make a list of your greatest strengths. Matching both will be a convincing argument that you are the best person for the job.


The cover letter should present you as a person. Always start by stressing academic coursework you have completed in the job-related field(s). Continue with your leadership and work experience. When describing academic experience, activities, offices held, or work experience, use words that show progress and accomplishments. Use action words, avoid the passive voice, and use self-descriptive words.


There are many cover letter models available from websites that have resume models. The standard model is:


Your Name

Your Address

Your Telephone #, Email address


Hiring Committee
Company Name
Company’s address




Dear Sir/Madam (unless you have a specific name),


My education. . . leadership experience. . . ideal for tasks x, y, z at your company


My job experience. . . with my strengths x, y, z, I am very good at your tasks x, y, z ; here is what I would bring to your company


Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience. I can be reached at (Phone #) or at (Email address).




Your Name



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