Whenever you send a resume, be sure that it is accompanied by a cover
letter. The purpose of a cover letter is to introduce yourself, personalize
your resume, and to get yourself an interview. The cover letter
emphasizes your skills and/or abilities that relate to the job for which
you are applying.
A good cover letter demonstrates your writing skills and shows you have
researched your field and that particular employer.
The person to whom you address the cover letter should be carefully
chosen. If possible, try to get the name of the person best qualified to
evaluate your skills and most interested in hiring you – the decision
maker. If your only choice is the Human Resource Department, make
sure to address the cover letter to a specific individual in that
Every cover letter you write should be individually typed on paper
identical or at least similar to that of your resume. Do not use personal
stationary. Use simple, direct language and keep it to one page. The tone
of the letter should be positive. There should be no erasures or errors.
Be sure your letter draws a connection between the needs of the
current job opening and the skills you can bring to the job.