The cover letter is an effective tool. A well-written cover letter accompanying your resume can secure the job interview you’ve been hoping for. A good cover letter will succinctly identify the specific skills you possess that will benefit a potential employer. The Co-op Office staff will review drafts of cover letters to prospective Co-op employers.
When preparing a cover letter,keep in mind the following points:
- Type your letter on a quality paper.
- Be neat; don’t erase or type over mistakes.
- Make an extra effort, whenever possible, to open the letter with addressee’s name. When a name is not available, do not use any salutation.
- Be personable, but not overbearing, in the written tone of your letter.
- Don’t forget to sign your name.
The purpose of the cover letter is:
- To secure a job interview.
- To demonstrate the applicant’s writing skills.
- To identify what specific skills the applicant has that will benefit the employer.
There are numerous texts available in the Career Services/Cooperative Education Library, located in L177, that can assist you with your letter preparation.
Cover Letter Format
Name of individual letter being sent to
Name of institution/company
City, State, Zip code
Dear Mr./Ms. _____________________________:
- Tell why you are writing. Name the position, field or general area in which you are interested. Tell how you found out the position was open.
- Describe your professional/educational qualifications. Cite one or two area of qualification/experience that specifically qualify you for the position. Emphasize particular areas of related experience and training.
- Close by noting that you will provide any additional information requested. Note that you will look forward to a future response. Your closing should make a specific action from the reader likely.
Your full signature
Your full name typed
Cover Letter Sample
January 21, 2012
Ms. Susan Peters
Public Relations Director
Mayer & Strauss
23 Media Street
Warner, CT 06233
Dear Ms. Peters:
I am interested in a summer cooperative education position as a public relations assistant at Mayer & Strauss. An article in the March 12 issue of the Hartford Courant announced Mayer & Strauss’ award of a $5 million public relations contract with Purina.
As a five year volunteer for Animal Friends and as a Communications student at Manchester Community College, I possess the technical skill and client perspective necessary to be an asset to your agency. I have produced several videos promoting healthy pet care for my video/film-making class, in which I received an A.
Enclosed is my resume and a brochure outlining the Co-op program. If you are interested in meeting me, please call me for an interview appointment.
Thank you for your consideration.