Academics

Cover Letters & Personal Statements

And this is where your English composition and Quill courses come in handy.

Remember those professors who stressed the importance of clear, concise writing? While your résumé provides potential employers with an overview of your qualifications, your cover letter tells them specifically why you are a good fit for their particular needs. It’s a mini persuasive essay—remember those?

Similarly, graduate school candidates will need nicely composed personal statements and essays to help them stand out from other applicants. Just as employers want to hire people who will help them accomplish their mission, graduate schools strive to admit students who will add value to their programs. Again, persuasion is key!

The CSO proudly partners with the Writing Center for comprehensive reviews of professional documents like cover letters and personal statements. Visit their tutors in the Library for assistance.

To get you started, here’s a quick resource: