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Cover Letters

An effective cover letter will: demonstrate your understanding of the organization; describe how you can meet their needs; provide a specific follow up step that you will take. The cover letter should not be a simple reiteration of what has already been stated in your resume and each letter needs to be customized for a particular organization and/or job.

Here is the basic formula for a cover letter:

  • Standard business letter address format
  • Salutation to a real person, not "To whom it may concern"
  • First paragraph: Why you are interested in the position and what company needs can you fill
  • Second paragraph: Briefly state two or three top skills and follow with the benefits these features can provide the company
  • Third paragraph: Outline a specific action you will take to follow up the letter

Check out these resources:

/ Center for Career & Professional Development

The Center for Career & Professional Development is located on the corner of S. Grove and
W. Home streets near the Campus Center and behind "The Rock."

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Walk-In Hours
M-F: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Ryan Brechbill, Executive Director
e/ rbrechbill@otterbein.edu

Taylor Lowry, Assistant Director
e/ tsutton@otterbein.edu

Meagan Toohey, Career Advisor
e/ toohey1@otterbein.edu

Sara Yinger, Administrative Assistant
e/ syinger@otterbein.edu

p/ 614.823.1456
f/ 614.823.3052

Center for Career & Professional Development
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081


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