Cover Letters

Your cover letter provides an early opportunity to communicate your strengths and interests to a search committee. Take time with it, as it can be a smart way to gain attention well before the interview stage.

Cover Letter Strategy

Purpose

Your cover letter should match your background and qualifications to the specific position, and give the committee enough information that they want to contact you. It enhances your CV and other materials, and elaborates on your academic training and background as they pertain to the specific position.

Content

  • Read the job description. Address each of the required qualifications.
  • Give examples. Don't just state that you have experience; demonstrate it.
  • Show interest. Research the institution, and show why you are a good fit.
  • Be succinct. A one-pager is standard in the sciences. Humanities can go up to two.

Cover Letter Template

Take a look at our cover letter template for a section-by-section review of the anatomy of a successful introduction.