Cover Letter Guide

Tip: Use your resume as a guide to develop your cover letter.

A cover letter is generally submitted along with your resume when applying to an opportunity. It is a brief professional introduction to a potential employer, highlighting your relevant skills, experiences, and achievements.

When done well, you will be able to build a connection to the employer conveying your enthusiasm, professionalism, and suitability for the position.

Additionally, it serves as an opportunity for you to convey your personality, passion, and willingness to learn and contribute to the organization. Overall, a cover letter aims to persuade the employer to consider you for the position and invitation for an interview.

General Outline


  • Address the hiring manager directly
  • State the position you’re applying for and how you learned about it
  • Briefly introduce yourself

Highlight Skills and Fit:

  • Highlight relevant skills, coursework, and extracurricular activities
  • Express enthusiasm for the company and how your skills align with the position


  • Thank the employer for considering your application
  • Express eagerness to discuss further in an interview
  • Provide contact information for follow-up

Remember to keep each section concise and impactful, focusing on key points that demonstrate your suitability for the position.