Career Planning Center at Thomas More College

Cover Letters

The cover letter is just as important as the resume and should be included with every resume that is sent to a prospective employer. Its purpose is to connect your resume with the needs of the employer. Therefore, it should not be a form letter, but should be individually written to each employer in standard business format.

Cover Letter Do's and Dont's


  • Address the letter to a specific person
  • State the job for which you are applying
  • Highlight key strengths that are relevant to the employer
  • Summarize relevant education and experience
  • Include phone number and when you can be reached
  • Write your signature


  • Present an unprofessional writing style
  • Send generic letters to everyone
  • Use poor grammar, punctuation, or misspelled words
  • Be self-focused instead of employer focused
  • Grossly exaggerate or use overly aggressive tone
  • Use bland, boring, or copied text