by Dana Loewy
Sending a cover letter that highlights your skills and experience as they pertain to a specific job can be a great way to spur a potential employer to both read your resume and even call you for an interview. However, not all cover letters are created equal. Remember the following when you compose a cover letter aimed toward a specific position.
- Use your own letterhead with an interesting design.
- Address the reader by name and title.
- Craft a catchy opening that identifies the position to which you are applying.
- Refer to your résumé and discuss how your education supports your candidacy.
- Show enthusiasm for the job you are seeking.
- Tailor your relevant skills and experience closely to the job requirements, and provide details that support your claims.
- Close by reiterating your desire for the job and ask for an interview.
Your Task: With a classmate, read Joanna E. Houston’s cover letter. Then identify the elements that make her letter successful. Do you think Joanna landed an interview?
Instructors: Download the original letter and an annotated version here.