It is standard to submit a resume and cover letter, along with any other documents requested (writing sample, transcript, etc.). Your cover letter is an application that lets the organization know that you are interested in the position and what background/experience you can bring to the position.
A cover letter is not a generic document–it is tailored to a specific organization. You can create a prototype cover letter which you can personalize for each organization.
Illustrate how you have used the skills the organization is seeking. Do not just state your skills, but go a step further and show how you have successfully used these skills in the past. Remember that you do not need to have used the skills in the exact same setting as the job you are applying to–skills can transfer from one setting to another.
Cover Letter Samples
Cover Letter Critique
A CCPA counselor can provide a review of your resume, cover letter, or grad/professional school essay.
- Proofread your cover letter. Read it out loud to yourself and ask a friend to proofread it too.
- Your cover letter should not be longer than one page.
- Always address your letter to an individual, avoiding general salutations like "To Whom it May Concern" or "Dear Sir or Madam." Search the organization's website for an appropriate contact name. When in doubt, use "Dear Search Committee" or "Dear Hiring Manager."
- Save your cover letter as a .docx and .pdf file, using your name in the file name, such as jane-doe-cover-letter.pdf.