Cover Letters

Cover letters, like resumes, give employers a first glimpse of your writing abilities and show that you are a serious, enthusiastic, and qualified candidate. A well-written cover letter should make a positive impression on the employer by compelling them to review your resume and take further action. Therefore, any spelling or grammatical mistakes can overshadow an otherwise impressive resume. Writing an effective cover letter may seem difficult at first, so please visit the Cover Letter Anatomy link for some general guidelines. If you have any questions and would like further guidance, schedule an appointment with a career counselor in OCPD via your CareerLink account.



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