Career and Leadership Development

Types of Cover Letters

Cover Letter Basics
This presentation will cover the fundamentals of creating a cover letter for your resume.

Application Letter:
Use an application letter in order to get your resume read by a potential employer, as you apply to a specific job posting. Clearly demonstrate how your skills and experience match the qualifications of the position.

Prospecting Letter:
Use a prospecting letter when you are interested in working within a particular organization or company, but you haven't seen position openings that relate to your area. Make sure to address your letter to a specific person. Demonstrate your knowledge of the organization by describing how your qualifications and skills would contribute to their work environment.

Networking Letter:
The networking letter is used to generate an informational interview with a specific person, usually based upon a referral.

Cover Letter Rubric

Tips for Writing an Effective Cover Letter

  • Use a standard business format
  • In the first paragraph, state the position you are applying for, how you found out about it, and why you are interested in the position and the employer
  • In the second paragraph, write about your strongest qualifications for the position. Be specific and use examples. Make the connection between your skills, your background, and the position.
  • In the third paragraph, ask for an interview, give your contact information, and thank the reader for his or her time and consideration. If you plan to follow up with a phone call, clearly indicate when you will be in contact with the person.