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Writing a Cover Letter


Your cover letter provides your potential future employers with their first impression of you as a candidate so it's important that you write a well thought-out cover letter that entices your potential employer to look at your resumé.

It's critical that you tailor your cover letter to the position you are applying for and explaining why you would be a good fit for the position. Cover letters should be personal and inviting, demonstrating what you can bring to the company and position..

Your cover letter should include the following information:

  • A Heading with your Contact Information
  • The Date
  • The Contact Name and Address of the Interviewer/Employer
  • A Salutation
  • A Body
  • A Closing

Check out the resources and video below by The GMP Group on "Writing The Perfect Cover Letter" for more help writing your cover letters:

Sample Cover Letters


Cover Letter Guidance


Students are advised to set up an appointment with a Career Advisor (online students) or with the Career & Professional Development Center (campus students) first to begin writing a cover letter. SNHU's Cover Letter Guide linked below will supplement that meeting.

Books about Writing a Cover Letter


The following books are a sample of our library books and eBooks about writing a cover letter. For more books and eBooks please search the Online Library Catalog or ask a librarian for help.

Are you an online student who can't get to the library in person? Request a print book be mailed to you!