The examples of professional correspondence provided should be used as just samples. The Career Development Center is here to help you craft your original business correspondence that highlights your unique writing style. Just like your resume, there are no straight cut rules about what to write in a letter. Some guidelines are important to consider, such as formatting for a cover letter, salutations and follow up procedures. Additionally, all correspondence should be tailored to each individual employer.
- The purpose of a cover letter, like a resume, is to make a prospective employer want to interview you
- A cover letter is about how you can benefit the organization, not how the organization will help you
- Keep the letter brief: one page, 3-4 paragraphs
- A cover letter is the bridge between the resume and the job description. Find relevant commonalities between your experiences and the job posting, and highlight these in your letter.
- Give specific examples that expand on your resume. Instead of mentioning that you were involved in a club or held a position, describe your skills and accomplishments that would benefit the company if you were hired.