A cover letter is an additional opportunity to communicate your unique qualifications to an employer for a specific position. When starting your document, reflect on these questions:
- "What are the key skills/qualifications listed in the job description?" Highlight those you have.
- "Why this employer/why this position?" Communicate excitement and interest.
- "Why me? What makes me stand out?" Provide examples.
The answers to these questions should connect the dots between what an employer is seeking and your experiences.
Avoid including a generic cover letter with your application and make sure you are not repeating your resume word for word. Make every attempt to obtain personal contact information and position title for a specific individual within the organization to whome you can address your letter.
Review the Career Development Center's Guide to Writing A Cover Letter for a detailed explanation of best practices.
THANK YOU LETTER
After you have reviewed the Career Development Center's Guide to Interviewing, you will have learned that after an interview, it is proper to send a thank you letter. Remember that during the interview, you should get a business card from each person you meet so that you may send a thank you e-mail, typed letter or handwritten note within 24 hours after the interview. This can be done by either email or a handwritten note or both.
To learn how to write a thank you letter, please refer to the samples below.
INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW REQUEST LETTER
One strategy that can be particularly helpful in terms of learning about majors and career fields is “informational interviewing.” The primary purpose of this conversation is to gather information, not to get a job. By talking with people who are already in a major, or who are working in your career field of interest, you can gain “insider’s” knowledge and understanding as to what a particular major or career field entails. In addition, you will hopefully have engaged in a relationship with someone who can assist you with future decision-making and networking.
To learn more about informational interviewing, please refer to the Career Development Center's Guide to Informational Interviews.