Cover letter? Do I really need one?

It could be your first chance to make a good impression.

If you choose to include a cover letter, e-mail or brief introduction with your resume or CV*, it’s a chance to make a good impression. Recruiters may even see it before they start to read your resume. And you want to get them interested. Taking the time to write an effective cover letter or e-mail complements your resume with your own personal touch and can make the difference!


So how do you write it? Here are 4 simple tips to get yourself noticed!


*The US and other countries use the word resume. In Europe, the term CV or Curriculum Vitae is more commonly used.

  1. First, say which job you’re applying for and where you saw the opening. Or if you are just contacting a company in case a job comes up in the future, explain why you are sending your resume to them.
  2. Tell them why you are the right person for the job! Highlight relevant skills or experience from your resume to show that you are a good fit to the job. To do this, be sure you read the job posting carefully. And be enthusiastic!
  3. Structure your cover letter well and take time to review it. Be concise and include relevant information. In general, 10-12 lines are enough. Don’t bore recruiters before they read your resume!
  4. Double check it – spelling and grammar mistakes really don’t make a good impression.

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