A cover letter introduces you and your background to an organization and expresses your interest in a role. Applicants typically send a resume with their cover letter.
Reviewers typically spend no more than 20-30 seconds reading a cover letter. The goal is to get reviewers so interested that they slow down, read more carefully, check your resume, and grant you an interview!
The tips below explain what employers are looking for in a cover letter and can help you draft a strong letter that will catch your reader’s interest:
- What are reviewers looking for in a cover letter?
- How do you review a job description to prepare for writing a cover letter?
- How do you organize a cover letter?
- What are the layout and format of a cover letter?
- How do you deliver a cover letter?
- What are examples of cover letters?
Handout: Cover Letters
After you have completed the first draft of your cover letter, drop by the Piper Center and meet with our Peer Advisors, who can help you edit your work. If you need more help or want a final check from a Piper Center Coach, please make an appointment on Handshake.