Despite the differences in what constitutes a good application letter, the suggestions on these pages apply generally. Highlight a few of the most salient points from your enclosed resume.
Below is one possible way to arrange the content of your cover letter. Establish a point of contact (advertisement in a specific place for a specific position; a particular person’s suggestion that you write): give some brief idea of who you are (a Senior engineering student at UW; a recent Ph. Arouse your reader’s curiosity by mentioning points that are likely to be important for the position you are seeking.
The appropriate content, format, and tone for application letters vary according to the position and the personality of the applicant.
Thus you will want to ask several people (if possible) who have had experience in obtaining jobs or in hiring in your field to critique a draft of your letter and to offer suggestions for revision.
Please note that while we will make every effort to complete all reviews as quickly as possible, because of the volume of portfolios we receive it usually takes 3 weeks for our office to render a decision.
When we reach a final decision, you will be notified via email.
Precisely because this letter is your introduction to an employer and because first impressions count, you should take great care to write an impressive and effective letter.
Remember that the letter not only tells of your accomplishments but also reveals how effectively you can communicate.
If you are local (MD, DC, VA), you should bring your complete portfolio (in a folder) to the Academic Writing Office located in 1116 Tawes Hall.
If you are not from the area, you are welcome to email your portfolio submission directly to Administrative Coordinator Scott Eklund at [email protected]