Resume, Cover Letter, and References Guide
Cover Letter Writing Guide – Career Services | University of Pennsylvania
Professional documents such as a resume or cover letter are how employers understand your skills, abilities, experiences, and strengths. These documents express your qualifications and interest in the position you are seeking and can potentially lead to an interviewing opportunity. The Career Services Center is available to help you learn how to construct a resume and cover letter and offer advice for making improvements and updates. The suggestions that follow are based on several years of experience with the recruiting process and employer feedback. Most rules for a good resume are not set in stone, but strong guidelines. Employers have different opinions on what they prefer; therefore, it is important for your resume to best highlight your skills and interests.
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Cover letters: When mailing your resume to prospective employers, it should always be accompanied by a cover letter. Your letter should capture the interest of the employer and communicate a personalized message about what you can contribute to that particular organization. Make sure to tailor your letters for each employer, because letters that are mass produced and generic are unappealing. Letters of Inquiry: A letter of inquiry is similar to a cover letter, but it asks about possible job opportunities rather than responding to a specific job announcement.