Read our Cover Letter Handout
Below is a list of what you will need to know/have before you begin writing each cover letter:
It is easy to spot a 'canned' cover letter; one that is generically written and sent to every employer, regardless of the type of position advertised. Take the time to write a unique cover letter for each job you apply for and make sure that what you write sounds like you.
Suggestions of what to include in each paragraph of your cover letter:
State what position you are applying for and how you learned of the position. It is helpful to include a
transitional sentence to set the tone for your letter.
Example: I'm writing in reference to the Account Manager position advertised on the Xerox website. After
reviewing the qualifications you seek, I believe that my background and experience are a good fit. The
attached resume highlights my active involvement in several organizations at Gettysburg College and skills; such as leadership and communication, that could be valuable assets to Xerox.
Address the specific needs of the employer and show how you can fill those needs. Do not simply list or
repeat items on your resume. Highlight 2-3 relevant skills or experiences. Give examples and show transferable skills - it is up to you to show how what you have done connects to what the employer seeks.
This optional paragraph is a good place to highlight additional skills, a specific interest in the company, or educational experiences.
The closing paragraph calls for action. You should mention your intention to follow-up with the employer and let the reader know that you want to interview for the position. Close by thanking the reader for considering your application.