Cover Letters/Letters of Interest
Cover letters or letters of interest are the letters that accompany a job application, either in response to a job listing or inquiring about the possibility of unadvertised work. They provide a bridge between your resume and the specific employer. Don’t overlook the importance of this valuable part of the job application.
CDO counselors are always happy to review drafts of your letters.
When applying to jobs through Symplicity, you are not required to upload a cover letter unless the employer requests one. However, you may want to submit one if there is key information that may be crucial to their hiring decision (e.g., your geographic tie to their community) that is not already reflected in your resume.
Cover letters and letters of interest almost always follow the same substantive structure:
See the basic format with annotations.
Contacting an employer by email
Do not simply cut and paste your cover letter into the body of an email when contacting a prospective employer. Instead, use a shorter, more direct message (see sample email). Make sure to attach your resume and any other 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.