Cover Letter Tips for International Students

In the U.S., a cover letter or letter of interest should always accompany each résumé and/or application. It is considered an essential part of the job search process. This letter introduces you and your résumé, explaining both your reasons for writing and your qualifications for the position.

Cover Letter Guidelines

  • Always Target Your Message
    A cover letter that shows how your skills and experience relate to the specific position is more effective than a generic “all-purpose” cover letter.
  • Highlight Your Accomplishments with Measurable Results
    Show how your credentials match the requirements of the job. Incorporate information that reflects your knowledge of the organization, its industry and relevant issues.
  • Show What You Have to Offer
    Make sure you demonstrate how your skills, expertise and past accomplishments can benefit the employer.