The cover letter is connected to your resume, but it should not duplicate exactly
what is already on your resume. A good cover letter can inspire the employer to look
more carefully at your resume. As with resumes, cover letters need to be well-written,
error-free and tailored to each position to which you are applying. It is not advisable
to write a “general” cover letter to be used for every application.
Before you begin writing a cover letter, you should review the job/internship posting
and identify how your skills and experiences line up with those listed in the position.
A cover letter should make it clear to the employer why you are interested in the
position and what value you can bring to the organization. Take a look at the cover
letter samples and review the writing your cover letter handout for an outline of
what to include in a cover letter.
Additional Resources on Business Correspondence
As with your resume, have your cover letter reviewed by the Career Center during Express
Hours before sending it to prospective employers.