Your Cover Letter
Your cover letter is a one-page document that you will deliver to a potential employer with your resumé to connect your experience to the specific job or position you are seeking to fill. Rather than using a one-size-fits-all template, you should tailor your cover letter to each employer.
The purpose of your cover letter is to supplement your resumé by giving a potential employer a sense not just of your experience but of your personality. Your tone should be professional and enthusiastic, and your cover letter should never be more than one page.
A strong cover letter will generally touch upon the following topics:
- the position you are applying for;
- why you are qualified for the position*;
- what excites you about working with the organization/employer;
- why you would be a good fit with the organization/employer; and
- your interest in a job interview.
*Do not repeat all of the information that the employer can see in your resumé; instead, call out just a few key highlights that are most pertinent to the open position.
Cover Letter Tune-Ups
Fortunately, the Berklee Career Center is here to help you with your cover letter. If you don’t know where to begin, you may wish to take a look at a couple of sample cover letters to get an idea of the format and style.
Once you have a draft cover letter completed, we invite you to come to the Career Center for Resumé and Cover Letter Tune-up session any Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Our expert advisors will review your most recent resumé and cover letter drafts, and provide guidance on how best to sell your skills to your target employer (note that you can also make an individual advising appointment for the same purpose).