Writing to Employers

Cover Letters

While an increasing number of employers do not use formal cover letters, many still see them as a powerful way for you to introduce yourself, demonstrate your written communication skills, and convince potential employers to read your résumé. Since there are many formats and alterations used when writing cover letters, the guidelines below are general enough to be appropriate for most situations, but always remember to tailor your letter to the needs of each specific audience.

Email and LinkedIn Messages

Reaching out to recruiters, employers, and other professionals through email and LinkedIn is becoming the norm, so it is crucial that you learn appropriate etiquette for doing so. Review the samples below for ways to put your best foot forward in all your employer interactions.

Cover Letter Guidelines and tools

Cover Letter Guidelines
Cover Letter Guidelines
Cover Letter Checklist
Cover Letter Checklist

Cover Letter Samples

Chad Ortiz Cover Letter
Business/Tech Cover Letter
Sample - Word
Chad Ortiz Cover Letter
Business/Tech Cover Letter
Sample - PDF
Kylie Barnes Cover Letter
Social Science Cover Letter
Sample - Word
Kylie Barnes Cover Letter
Social Science Cover Letter
Sample - PDF
Experienced Hire Cover Letter - Word
Experienced Hire
Cover Letter - Word
Experienced Hire Cover Letter - PDF
Experienced Hire
Cover Letter - PDF

Emails and LinkedIn Messages

Resume Submission Email
Resume Submission Email
With Network Referral
Career Fair Follow up email
Career Fair
Follow-up Email
Email to request informational interview with a network referral
Email to Request Informational
Interview with Network Referral
Email to request informational interview to a BYU-Idaho alum
Email to Request Informational
 Interview to a BYU-Idaho Alum
Cold LinkedIn request for Informational Interview
'Cold' LinkedIn Request for   
Informational Interview
Cold linkedin request after conference or event
'Cold' LinkedIn Request for
After Conference/Event
Follow up email to a hard to catch recruiter
Follow-up email to a  
'Hard to Catch' Recruiter
Thank You Note Sample and Tips
Post Interview
Thank You Note

Before you submit your cover letter, have it reviewed by a few trusted individuals, to help you find any errors.

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