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When and Why Do I Need a Cover Letter?

  • Other names for a cover letter include "letter of application" or "letter of interest."
  • Any time you send your resume to an employer it should be accompanied by a cover letter.
  • A cover letter acts as an introduction for your interest in the organization/position.
  • A cover letter also stands as a sample of your writing skills, so be sure to make it the best possible sample you can.
  • If you are sending your resume via email - the cover letter is the email message itself.

The following is a cover letter format as well as 3 sample cover letters for you to consider, illustrating different approaches:

Sample Cover Letter Packet

Do not copy these - yours should be unique. However, these examples should give you some ideas on formatting and style. Be creative, professional and individual!


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