Cover Letters

The purpose of the cover letter is to peak the employer's interest and to introduce your resume.  The cover letter should highlight the skills you possess which are most important to the employer.  It should be focused on what you can do for the employer, not what they can do for you.  If emailing your resume, the email message should be considered your cover letter.

Parts of the Cover Letter


  • Indicate why you are writing to them (job posting referral, area of interest, internship, practicum).

  • Mention why you want to work for the company or what interests you about the position.


  • Sell the skills & abilities you have as required for the position (be careful not to repeat your entire resume).

  • State why you would be a good fit for the position.

  • Give your hours of availability, your graduation date and if applicable that you have reliable transportation and a good driving record.


  • Thank them.

  • Request an interview or meeting and indicate how you can be contacted.

Cover Letter Tips

  • Always send a cover letter with your resume if unable to hand it to the
    person doing the hiring.

  • Should be addressed to a specific person - never use "To whom it may concern".

  • Should be typed on the same paper as your resume if mailed.

  • Should be attractive, well laid out and kept to one page.

  • Write a different cover letter for each job you apply for.

  • Construct your cover letter by using the job posting or company information.

Email Cover Letter Sample

From:      Your Name
To:           Contact Person
Subject:  Job Position 

Dear Mr. White:

I wish to apply for the position of student worker as listed and referred by MSU Student Employment Services.
I am presently enrolled in my first year of college and am looking for part-time employment to assist me in continuing my education.  I am available to work after 3 p.m. Monday through Friday with reliable transportation, and a good driving record which you specifically requested.
My resume is attached and I am certain that you will find I am qualified for the position.  Insert just a few skills or experience relevant to the position. 
I look forward to the opportunity to further discuss this position with you. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Your Name