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Professional Letters



A cover letter is often requested by an employer during the application process.  Cover letters should complement your résumé and need to be customized to each job to which you apply. 
To begin writing your cover letter, research the company and find out more about the position.  Individualize your cover letter by addressing the current needs of the company and the role you are applying to.  Review the Guide to Writing Exceptional Cover Letters for examples and more information.​

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Thank you letters are a must, especially after an interview or a networking event.  A thank you goes a long way and makes you stand out as a candidate.  Thank you letters are short and sweet; they address your gratitude for the interview or opportunity to meet with an employer and highlight a couple of key points during the interaction. 


During the application process, frequently employers request not only a résumé and cover letter but also a list of references.  This is a separate document listing 3-5 references with updated contact information. 
Select references who will speak highly of your background, skills, and experiences.  Ask for permission early in your search process before listing someone as a reference.  Friends and family members should not be used as professional references.


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