CV Cover Letter Examples

Updated November 22, 2016

Cover letters briefly introduce your curriculum vitae (CV), which is similar to a resume. A cover letter should have updated contact information, such as your address, phone numbers, and e-mail. Cover letters should be written in a business letter format with correct spelling and grammar. Use 11- or 12-point font and do not exceed one page. Ideally, you will tailor each cover letter and directly address the letter to the interviewer.


A CV is typically longer than a resume and describes employment and achievements in more depth. Your cover letter should highlight relevant experiences effectively and succinctly. Evaluate how your experiences meet the requirements for the position you want. For instance, you might include how, as a communications major, you were able to hone your presentation, as well as writing, skills through various assignments.


Establish a strong introduction, body, and closing. Your introduction should mention applicable referral sources, such as past or current employees, mentors, or professional peers. The body section should use action verbs instead of using passive voice. Include sentences that demonstrate your interest while displaying your research into the company. Your closing should be succinct. For instance, "Enclosed, please find my resume. Thank you for your attention and I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss the position further."


After your prepare the cover letter, spend time doing something else. Then, reread and edit your letter. Avoid careless mistakes as you could quickly destroy your employment prospects with a punctuation or spelling error. Do not begin every sentence with the word "I." If you are not sending the letter electronically, consider investing in professional paper that is a little heavier than ordinary paper. However, choose a simple design and colour. Lastly, legibly sign your cover letter.

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