While your résumé provides an overview of your background, the cover letter is your opportunity to highlight information on your résumé in a more detailed and coherent manner.
Cover letters are not optional; they are a basic courtesy of the job search process. Through the cover letter, you should accomplish the following:
- Explain who you are and how you learned about the organization and its opportunities. It should also show briefly your knowledge of the company.
- Tie together and highlight the specific skills, personal qualities, and experiences that are relevant to the employer.
- Indicate what actions you plan to take to follow up with the employer.
CDC Cover Letter Resources:
- Basic Components
A sample letter that covers all of the basic necessary components of a cover letter
- Cover Letter Checklist
Use this to check to see if you've included all of the cover letter components.
- More Examples and Additional Resources
Learn about the Letter of Inquiry and the Letter of Application as well as other resources.