A cover letter is a document that should indicate your interest, motivation, self-assurance, and awareness of the position you are applying to. It is meant to transmit your resume or job application to a potential employer. The cover letter should be considered as a business letter. The main purpose of the cover letter is to tell the employer why you are applying to this or that position, why you are the best candidate for this position, and make him/her want to interview you.
Your cover letter should cover the following issues:
1. Why you are writing this letter;
2. Why you are the best candidate for the applying position;
3. Convince the employer that your educational background, professional experience, and skills totally match the vacant position and tell what kind of benefits the employer will gain by hiring you, mention that you are available for the interview at the employer's convenience. Do not describe your experience that is not relevant to the applying position.
Make your cover letter as much personalized as possible, so that it does not look like a mass production!
Make sure to attend the "Cover letter writing techniques" workshop organized by the Career Center.