Your cover letter summarizes and explains your resume and materials submit when applying for paid or unpaid opportunities such as internships, volunteer positions, or jobs.
Cover letters for known positions are sometimes called letters of application or letters of interest.
Example opening: I am writing to apply for the ____________ position.
Cover letters used in direct marketing or in networking are called letters of inquiry.
Example Opening: I am writing to inquire if you are hiring or anticipate hiring ___________. I was referred by __________________ regarding potential openings …
What to Include:
- A summary and a few specific examples regarding how your education, experiences, skills and qualifications fulfill the position requirements
- Connect at least one example to the research you have completed regarding the organization and refer to your resume for more examples
- While not always required, it’s better to include a cover letter if you’re not sure
- As a writing sample, a cover letter must be well written and free of grammatical errors
- Formats vary whether it’s on paper, attached online, or embedding it in your email
- Learn more about how to write effective cover letters in our additional resources