What is a cover letter and why do I need one? The cover letter is a sales pitch that you write to promote yourself for a job internship or scholarship. The cover letter gives you an opp to elaborate on the experiences listed on your resume or CV express your excitement about the job you are applying for and explain any challenges that you did not have a chance to describe in detail on your resume such as working while going to school or being the first ir family to attend college. The cover letter is your way to introduce yourself and start a relationship with a potential employer. A cover letter should be about one page long. This letter is independent of your resume and other application materials so it is importan include contact information on all documents in case they become separated. A cover letter can be sent as the text of an email message bu also be attached as a .pdf document for reference. Its important to save your cover letter as a file that has your name and the date in the f (e.g. Morrison_ Jim_ Coverletter011520). The cover letter should be specific to the organization or person that you are applying to so be sure to personalize it for each application. find out to whom you should address the letter if possible. If you cannot locate the individual by title then address the letter to Dear Selec Committee. Start out your letter by stating the position you are applying for. For example you might begin I am excited to apply for the Breitenbucher Memorial Scholarship or I would like to submit my application for the Behavioral Analyst Undergraduate Internship. Next introduce you and state why you would be good for the position. Specifically address how you are qualified for the position. For instance begin this sectio. with My strong work ethic and critical thinking skills are reflected by my strong GPA. Then specifically address how you meet the desired qualifications for the job without just listing your skills. If a scholarship committee is lo for candidates who have community service experience something like My experience volunteering at the downtown mission for the past ye. has provided me with the opportunity to work with a team of volunteers to plan manage and implement meal schedules with our clientele w be more effective than I volunteered in my community for 1 year. Only include experiences that are relevant to the position. For example if you are applying for a position to work in a psychology laboratory o1 campus you dont need to mention your experience waiting tables at a local cafe. However if you gained skills waiting tables that transfer to working in a laboratory or other position that you are applying for then do highlight those. For example if while waiting tables it involved hav. morning team meetings with other servers then include that you have experience with collaborating with a team. Finally show proper consideration for the recipients time by thanking them for reading your letter. For example you might write Thank you your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you. What if you do not yet have any experiences to highlight and havent completed any volunteer work or extracurricular activities that relate to the position that you are applying for? If you are lacking any concrete work or volunteer experiences your commitment and passion that you convey in your letter may qualify you for many scholarship and employment opportunities. For example Taking a psychology course has helped me understand the developmental milestones in language and social skills and this background would help me working with the children in your after-school program. Its also important to remember that if you dont have any experiences it is never too late to start.