Always include a cover letter with your résumé. Employers say it is the inclusion of an excellent, informative cover letter that distinguishes SMU students from other applicants.
The cover letter provides an opportunity to highlight information from your résumé that is relevant for that specific organization.
The cover letter should be addressed to the person who will have the responsibility for the hiring decision.
Avoid sending it "To Whom It May Concern." Utilize directories and other sources to research the organizations to determine to whom you should address the cover letter. Additionally, a helpful receptionist or secretary may be able to provide you with this information.
Why are you writing?
How do your qualifications fit with this job?
Your Street Address
Ms. Ann James
Dear Ms. James:
The opening paragraph should arouse the interest of the employer. State why you are writing, and give information to show your interest in the specific organization. If it is a letter of application, name the position for which you are applying and how you heard of it. Include the name of any referral in this paragraph.
Point out your achievements or qualifications in this field, especially those that meet the job description or requirements. Refer the reader to your general qualifications on your enclosed resume. Highlight important points from your resume. Also highlight points that will be of particular interest to this specific organization.
The closing paragraph should pave the way for the interview by asking for an appointment, or by offering to call the employer in the near future, or by some similar suggestions to facilitate an immediate and favorable reply.
Karen E. Jones
Enclosure (You are noting that you have enclosed your resume.)