Cornell University

Cover Letters

Cover letters are an important component of your job-search materials to convey your value to employers.

You’ll use them to:

  • Introduce yourself to prospective employers and motivate them to read your resume.
  • State your career interests and highlight your strengths in relation to job responsibilities and/or organizations.
  • Demonstrate your writing skills, professionalism, and courtesy.
  • Reveal your personality and enthusiasm for the position, organization, and field.