Most professional job applications include a cover letter in addition to a resume and reference sheet. In some cases, cover letters are not requested by an employer. However, it is generally wise to submit a cover page, along with a resume or job application, if there is an option to do so. Cover letters can also serve as a useful aid when preparing for an interview, since they include professional language to describe your most exemplary qualifications for a particular position – exactly what you want to present in an interview.
Cover letters should answer these questions for prospective employers:
- Does this applicant really want this job – ie. for the right reasons?
- Will this applicant be better at this job than other applicants?
- Could this applicant be a great fit for this business?
- Would it be worthwhile to interview this applicant?
Cover letters provide job applicants with the opportunity to:
- Introduce themselves;
- Highlight most relevant and exemplary qualifications;
- Proactively address resume information gaps – if necessary;
- Express interest in a position;
- Inspire employer to invite you to an interview.
- Cover Letter Examples for Specific Occupations
- Samples of the Best Cover Letters
- Sample Cover Letter
Guides / Overview
Formatting & Language
- Powerful Ways to Start a Cover Letter
- How to Address a Cover Letter
- How to Include a Referral in Your Cover Letter
Submitting Your Cover Letter