A cover letter should always be included with your resume when it is mailed to a potential employer. Emailing an attached resume and cover letter is very acceptable as well.
- Why are you writing?
- What do you want?
- Why might your qualifications interest the employer?
- How do you plan to follow up?
- The cover letter should always be addressed to a person if at all possible. If you are unable to find the person's name, you may address it to Director of Personnel, but that is not as good as the person's name.
- A cover letter should not repeat everything on the resume. It may highlight some of the important parts such as your good background preparation, or you can say, “As you might note, my grade point average is very good.” Just briefly allude to any of those.
- A cover letter can pick up some other fact that you may have omitted from your resume, or what you have done since your resume and didn't want to change the whole resume.
- The letter should be 3 to 4 paragraphs and should be very positive and upbeat. It's always nice to hear a kind word about the company that the person represents, and if you can genuinely say you use their products or that you have heard some good things about them, that is fine.
- Use a modified block or block style letter with the address of the company and the person.