A cover letter is a standard business letter that serves as an introduction to your résumé and as a tool to market you to employers. A cover letter may accompany résumés you submit to employers during the job search process but is not necessary to distribute at career fairs or other networking events.
A good cover letter will describe the reasons why the employer should consider inviting you for an interview. These reasons might include your educational training, work experience, and personal qualities and attributes. Since your educational training and work experience are already listed on your résumé, it is your responsibility to elaborate on these experiences and state the contribution you would make to the employer. Be sure to mention something about the company/organization as it makes the letter a unique communication, written for that organization alone, and creates a better impression.
If you are contacting an employer via email, the text of your email becomes the cover letter. Some employers require online job applications, and you may be asked to upload a cover letter during your application process. Here’s a tip! When applying on a company/organization website, you may be asked to submit a résumé, and not specifically asked to submit a cover letter. However, if the employer presents an opportunity to “provide any additional information”, take advantage of this and submit a cover letter or other information that bolsters your candidacy.
To have a cover letter reviewed students may set up an appointment for Same Day Career Coaching through HuskyCareerLink. During semester breaks, call 860-486-3013 for hours and information. Make an Appointment with a Career Coach.