Should you include
a cover letter with every resume? Yes! Even if the job posting
or advertisement only asked for a resume? The answer is still
Why? A well-written cover letter can make the difference between
a quick glance and a thorough reading of your carefully prepared
A cover letter:
How do I write a cover letter?
- Keep it simple.
- Use a word processor unless an employer specifically asks
for a hand-written letter.
- Be friendly, but business-like. Write the way that you would
- Use good quality paper.
- Go over your letter with a fine tooth comb to check for
spelling and grammatical errors. Read the letter out loud
to yourself or someone else.
- Sign the letter in ink.
Your cover letter is usually no than one page in length with
three paragraphs that include the following information:
state the position that you are applying for and any other
relevant information – competition number or department
identify where you heard of the job opening – in the newspaper,
on the internet, on a job posting board, from an individual,
if someone has suggested you write, you can mention his/her
name (first ask that person, if it is okay to mention their
convey why you are suited for the job
highlight your relevant skills and abilities for the particular
you may want to make reference to your resume
state your interest in meeting with the employer for an interview
arrange for follow-up contact – including when and where
you can be reached
thank the interviewer for considering your application
For cover letter samples and additional cover letter information
try out some of the links to cover letters.