Cover Letter

The cover letter is where you connect your skills and previous experiences to the position and its desired qualifications. Make sure to tailor every cover letter to each job position for which you apply. This involves taking the time to think about how your strengths, interests, and background match the requirements and qualifications of the position and clearly expressing why you would be a good job candidate. Research the company and demonstrate your interest in them. For an academic portfolio a cover letter is essential for introducing yourself to the search committee. The content of the message is necessarily tailored to the school you're applying to and should align your education and experience with the current needs of the department. Convey the experience and expertise that make you the best fit for the open position. It's the first thing the search committee will see. To learn how to make your academic cover letter work for you rather than against you, please review our Academic Cover Letter and Anatomy of an Academic Cover Letter documents.

Refer to the Cover Letter Template, our Cover Letters guide, and our Cover Letter Pinterest Board for advice on how to structure your cover letter.

Recommended Reading

Cover Letters Guide, Stanford University School of Medicine

Cover Letters Guide, Columbia University

The Perfect Cover Letter, Lily Zhang, The Muse

Keys to the Cover Letter - Advice on how to personalize a cover letter and make it stand out amongst applicants 

Going on the Job Market? Some Dos and Don’ts for an Effective C.V. and Cover Letter - Tips compiled from faculty on how to write a CV and cover letter

Cover Letters - Academic - Guide from Columbia University