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How to Write Cover Letters

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CDO Resource Guide

CDO Resource Guide


What is a Cover Letter?

A cover letter introduces you and your resume, explaining your reasons for writing and your qualifications for the position. It should be targeted and written differently depending on your audience, whether that be a research lab or a small non-profit. Stop by for drop-in advising and have a staff member evaluate your resume for your specific situation. But first, consider these guidelines. Use the CDO Resource Guide [pdf] to walk you through formulating your resume, cover letters and other job search correspondence.



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