A cover letter is often the first communication an employer sees, yet fewer and fewer candidates seem to be taking the time to write one out, especially in this day of emailed job applications. A good cover letter can serve to highlight your accomplishments, call attention to special skills you possess and showcase your excellent writing skills. Here are some of my favorite cover letter resources to assist you.
Some basic guidelines on how (and why) to write a cover letter. This article discusses the basic components of a cover letter and gives some advice on getting started.
A sample cover letter for an entry level job opening. You can customize this cover letter sample for your own use.
A basic cover letter template to get you started on writing your own cover letter. Use this as a starting point and customize it to suit your experience.
This is an example of a cover letter that can be sent via email. The cover letter also mentions salary history and can be used to respond to a job posting that asks for salary history information. The format and tone is appropriate for email.
Links to cover letters by category - new grad, MBA, IT, etc.