Hegi Family Career Development Center

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Cover Letters and Employer Correspondence

The best way to entice an employer to read your resume is to write a cover letter that highlights specific reasons why you would be a strong fit for the position. 

OPENING:

  • Why are you writing?
  • How did you find out about position?
  • Why are you interested?
  • Preface the skills you are going to highlight in next paragraph that align with position/company

THE SALE:

  • How do your qualifications fit the job?
  • Identify skills NOT MENTIONED in the resume
  • Highlight important soft skills
  • Identify your character and provide examples UNIQUE to the resume – work ethic, ability to go above and beyond

CLOSING:

  • Ask for an opportunity to talk on the phone, or have an interview
  • Optional summary statement
  • Parallel opening with company and position name