A cover letter is an essential part of your job search communication with an employer/graduate school. A cover letter, or letter of application, should always accompany your résumé -whether it is mailed, emailed, or faxed. For specific positions, your cover letter should be tailored to each individual employer/graduate school and reflect your interest in the organization or position advertised. While the résumé provides an overview of your background, the cover letter allows you the opportunity:
- To highlight those aspects of your background that are relevant to the particular position you are seeking.
- To give the employer a sample of your writing skills.