University Career Center

Cover Letter Resources

Cover letters introduce your story and create a first impression for employers. They link your resume to the position, showcasing your knowledge of the organization and highlighting relevant skills. Start by researching the organization, considering what intrigues you and what you have to offer.


Your cover letter should include 3-4 paragraphs with the following information:

  • First Paragraph
    • The main purpose of the first paragraph is to introduce yourself and tell why you are writing. You want to grab the employer’s attention: why you are interested in this position and/or why this organization. Use your community: if someone has referred you to the organization (a current employee, friend, family member) include his or her name in the first sentence.

Evaluating and Negotiating Offers

Congratulations-- you’ve received an offer! Now it’s time to reflect and evaluate. The University Career Center is a resource to you as you consider your options. In addition to the online information, our career coaches are happy to help you process your decision through an appointment.