Students | Faculty/Staff | Employers
Basic guidelines for all correspondence
Address letters to an individual by name and title, whenever possible.
Proofread all letters for mistakes. Use spell check.
Most letters are sent electronically, however if you send a paper copy here are some guidelines.
Utilize the English Writing Center in Murphy Library, 2nd floor, if you need assistance with grammar, punctuation, structure, or proofreading.
The purpose of a cover letter is to show how your background fits the particular job and organization to which you are applying.
There are two basic types of cover letters: letters of application and letters of inquiry.
Most major employers do not keep resumes on file unless they have positions available.
General suggestions for cover letters
Paragraph content suggestions
Avoid typical openings; be creative. Give reasons for your interest in the employer and the position and demonstrate your knowledge of the employer. Be sure to address the points below:
Suggestions for salary information