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Your cover letter works in tandem with your resume and sometimes other application materials like a personal statement, a statement of intent and additional personal questions for you to answer in order to tell your unique story. It is most effective when it has a hook for the reader or includes some connection between you and the organization. If someone referred you to the job and organization mention the person’s name and the connection they have with the company or organization in the very beginning.
A cover letter requires sufficient details to connect your experience, skills, and outcomes with those desired and needed by the organization. At the same time, a cover letter is limited to one page and should be sufficiently assertive in making connections for the employer of what is being asked for and the hard and soft skills you have to offer. The cover letter works to include connections you have for skills and experience that could not be sufficiently highlighted or mentioned on your resume.
By utilizing your Earlham education, emphasizing the intensive writing sequence of coursework and taking advantage of the experiential learning opportunities along the way, you are better prepared to work with our office in producing a stronger letter for potential employers.
For help with a cover letter, make an appointment with our office or see a sample format of a cover letter.