By Grossnickle Career Services Center

What’s the purpose of a cover letter?
A cover letter or “Letter of Application” is a vital tool when applying for positions. These documents can help detail your professional experience in ways your resume cannot. A cover letter also serves as an amplifier to the first impression provided by your resume and coveys your communication style.

What goes into a cover letter?
When developing a cover letter, be sure that you are not just simply restating your resume. Take the opportunity presented by the cover letter to go into greater depth about different experiences and highlight how your skills apply to your position.

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Include mentions of professional accomplishments that are relevant to the field you are applying for and support your argument on why you are a good match for the position.

Visit CC’s Handshake site for a variety of sample cover letters! The templates found in this resource will help guide you in creating your own cover letter whether you are entering the professional job market for the first time or a seasoned professional looking to add another stop to their career journey.