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Career and Graduate School Preparation

Career Development Center

Cover Letters

When submitting a resumé, it is important to include an explanation for doing so. The traditional way to do this is to provide a cover letter along with the resumé. The cover letter explains to the reader your situation and what action you are requesting. It is designed as an introduction to your resumé.

Writing Your Cover Letter

While the same resumé may be sent to many different companies, the cover letter must be targeted to each job opening. Studies show that your cover letter will get eight seconds of the reader’s time, so it must be brief, yet informative.

View Sample Cover Letter
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