The Mission of the Center for Career Development is to empower students and alumni to make intentional decisions about their professional futures, to build purposeful lives, and to pursue goals while adapting to a changing world. With nearly 20 staff members, we have decades of experience in career development. An eclectic group, we hail from all over the country, with backgrounds in everything from education, journalism, and social work to religious literature and criminal justice. Each of us has been a job-seeker at one time: eager, hopeful, nervous, curious, unsure, and looking for answers, pointers, and direction.
A cover letter is a living document that often accompanies a resume. It gives job seekers the opportunity to elaborate on work experience, explain their goals, and show personality. Most of all, cover letters give you a chance to connect your skills to the company's needs. A little cover letter trivia to blow your mind: cover letters are rarely read before the resume as the term implies.
Found your dream job? Don't be so confident that you'll get hired: It's very likely that there are several other qualified candidates competing for that same position. That's where the cover letter comes in.
Do you really need a cover letter if a company doesn't ask for one? Composing a lot of cover letters during a job search can be challenging and time-consuming. Because of this, it's not surprising that applicants often hesitate to include a cover letter when it is not explicitly required by an employer. If you're wondering if you should include a cover letter, the short answer is yes.