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Cover Letters

In an application process for an employment or internship position, a cover letter serves as an introduction to your resume and offers another opportunity to market yourself.

Typically, a cover letter will be used whenever mailing a hard copy of your resume. In addition, when an online application site indicates you may include a copy of your cover letter, do so. The nature of job search is that you utilize all available tools to market yourself.

The cover letter should be written in standard business format and printed on paper that matches your resume. While there are a few acceptable layouts for business letters, the easiest is the full-block layout. In that style, everything on the page is aligned to the left margin. There are also guidelines about spacing between the different sections of the letter, as seen on the examples of full block cover letters featured below. Finally, the full block format usually works well when an applicant cuts and pastes a cover letter into an online application.  Whenever possible, address the letter to a specific individual; if you aren't able to ascertain the name of an individual, consider using "Dear Recruiter:",  "Dear Human Resources Representative:", or "Dear Hiring Manager::"  

Sample Cover Letters

Cover letters should be written in your own words, reflect your personality, and be tailored to an individual opportunity,  The samples below are included to give you an idea of the options you have in developing your cover letters. 

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