Writing a Cover Letter

A cover letter should accompany every resume. Your cover letter gives your resume context, telling the hiring manager why your resume will be of interest to them and why you are a good fit for the job. The best cover letters give the hiring manager a sense of who you are, your qualifications, and passion for the position. We know that you are more than just your resume, so tell us about yourself! Make us want to know more about you and invite you in for an interview. 


Tips for Writing Your Cover Letter

  • There is no single cover letter that all hiring managers will love. Do not use a generic cover letter when applying for jobs and opportunities.

  • Review the full job description so you know what skills, experiences, or qualifications will be important to mention in your cover letter. 

  • Research the service or department so you can talk about how your values and interests match those of the service or department. 

  • Know what you can and want to contribute - your skills, qualities, and experiences.

  • Proofread for overall tone, content, and spelling errors / typos. The cover letter should reflect you as a candidate and your voice should come through.

One of my favourite sources for tips and tricks is Ask A Manager. Not all of the information on the site will apply to you (right now), but it’s a great place to browse what (one) hiring manager looks for in candidates.
Here are some helpful links from Ask a Manager to get you started:
What is a Cover Letter, Anyway?
How to write a Cover Letter when you Don’t have Much Work Experience
How long should a cover letter be?
Cover Letter Before and After


Information has been adapted from the Student Success Centre
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