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Creating a Cover Letter Fiu career and talent development

Why send a Cover Letter?

  • Stand out among applicants
  • Allows you to write in complete sentences and paragraphs
  • Your opportunity to showcase your voice, personality, and writing skills
  • Shows enthusiasm for the job and passion for the industry
  • Unless a job says, "No cover letter please" ALWAYS send one
Your cover letter serves as a tie between your resume and the job description.

Cover Letter Outline

  1. Contact information
  2. Opening paragraph
  3. Body paragraph
  4. Closing
Tailor your cover letter to a specific job.

Contact Information

The following is how you should write your contact information.

Your Name​

Your Address​

City, State, Zip ​

Phone Number​

Today’s Date​

Name of Person​

Name of Organization​

Street Address​

City, State Zip ​

​Dear Hiring Manger’s name/ “Hiring Manager/Personnel”,​

The text in the red box is how you should format the contact information in your cover letter.
Use keywords from the job description when you write your cover letter.

Opening Paragraph

Your opening paragraph should include three key points

  1. Your purpose for writing
  2. The position and company you are applying to
  3. How you found the position (online, career services, etc.)

Body Paragraphs

Body paragraphs are your opportunity to expand on something not listed in your resume.

  1. Include WHY and HOW you can add to the company/position
  2. Use specific examples to link certain talents, experiences, and skills to their job posting.
  3. Should be between 1-2 paragraphs

Closing Paragraph

  1. Thank them for their time and indicate your desire for an interview ​
  2. List a phone number or email address that they can use to reach you​
  3. Conclude with "Sincerely" and your signature at the bottom
Illustrate how your qualifications fit the position.

Do's

  • Keep it short and simple
  • Address the letter to a person
  • Research the position and company you are applying to before writing your cover letter
  • Catch their attention
  • How do you match the employer's needs
  • PROOFREAD
  • No more than 1 page
  • Keep a copy for your records

Don'ts

  • Use generic cover letters
  • Write "To Whom it may concern"
  • Write "Please Consider me for"
  • Avoid "this would be a great opportunity for me"
  • Reiterate exactly what is on your resume
  • Emphasize hobbies or personal things unless specified to do so
  • Bullet points to highlight skills
  • Grammatical errors
Tell employers who you are and why you are the best fit for the position.

Cover Letter Example

Questions?

Drop In Program

Each Career and Talent Development location features a Drop In Program, where students and alumni can quickly and conveniently get expert:

  • Cover letter critiques
  • Resume critiques
  • Career guidance
  • General job search strategies
  • Answers about Handshake

Click on the FIU Drop In Program link below for information about FIU Career and Talent Development” Drop In Program locations and hours

Handshake

We are excited to announce that FIU Career & Talent Development has partnered with Handshake - a modern career development platform - to be your one-stop-shop for launching your career.

Students and alumni will now be able to request appointments with our Career Coaches on Handshake for personalized resume assistance.

Make an appointment on handshake complete the following steps:

Log on to Handshake > Click "Career Center" in the top right corner > Click on "Appointments" > Click "Schedule an Appointment"

More Information

To find out more information and access our online handouts and resources, click the link below to be directed to the FIU Career and Talent Development web page.

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