OCS staff are always happy to review cover letter drafts. When applying to jobs through Symplicity, you are not required to upload a cover letter unless the employer requests one, but you may want to if there is key information that may be crucial to their hiring decision (geographic ties) that is not already reflected in your resume.
For direct mailings, try to keep the cover letter tailored to the employer. Avoid repeating text that makes the letter seem like a mass mailing.
The following formatting example is meant to demonstrate the basic structure of a cover letter. Some students opt to use a customized header (typically the same as found on their resume). But again, we caution you to keep it simple. Don't let the added features distract from the content and purpose of the letter.
Contacting an employer by e-mail
Do not simply cut and paste your cover letter into the body of an e-mail when contacting a prospective employer. Instead use a shorter, more direct message (See Sample E-Mail). Make sure to attach your application documents in PDF format to avoid any formatting changes between computer programs.
Public interest cover letters
See the Public Interest Career Guide for excellent cover letter examples for public interest opportunities.