Cover letters are not always required, but including one is a great opportunity to add to the “story” told by your resume. Your cover letter should not restate your resume, but rather, provide supplemental information that can help you stand out. It should help the recruiter understand why you are interested in the role and what makes you distinct. If your resume states what you have done, your cover letter should explain why. Tell a brief story or share a unique fact as appropriate – we like getting to know you!
Since there will be multiple people reviewing applications, please address your cover letter to “Recruiter,” “Hiring Leader,” or “To Whom It May Concern.” There is no need to include a physical address – a city and state are enough.
Do not be afraid to ask for help. Your school’s career center should be able to assist in polishing your resume and cover letter, so take advantage of their knowledge and expertise while you can!