Writing to Employers

Cover Letters

While an increasing number of employers do not use formal cover letters, many still see them as a powerful way for you to introduce yourself, demonstrate your written communication skills, and convince potential employers to read your résumé. Since there are many formats and alterations used when writing cover letters, the guidelines below are general enough to be appropriate for most situations, but always remember to tailor your letter to the needs of each specific audience.

Email and LinkedIn Messages

Reaching out to recruiters, employers, and other professionals through email and LinkedIn is becoming the norm, so it is crucial that you learn appropriate etiquette for doing so. Review the samples below for ways to put your best foot forward in all your employer interactions.

Before you submit your cover letter, have it reviewed by a few trusted individuals, to help you find any errors.

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