What is a Cover Letter?

The purpose of a cover letter is to convince an employer that your skills and background make you worth interviewing.

While a resume summarizes your experience, a cover letter persuasively relates that experience to the specific job to which you are applying. Although a cover letter is not always required, when it is, it gives you the opportunity to explain why you’re interested in that particular company, making you a more attractive candidate to that employer.

Tip

It’s true that some employers barely glance at cover letters; however, many others review them attentively. View it as an extra opportunity for you to promote yourself, and increase your chances of getting an interview by sending a well-written cover letter with every application when asked.

Writing a Cover Letter

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A good cover letter will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge about the job, the company, and the industry
  • The effort you have put into your job search and enthusiasm for the job
  • Writing and organizational skills
  • Understanding about yourself, your skills, and your potential contributions