While not all job postings mention a cover letter specifically, it is best practice to include one unless the posting states otherwise. A cover letter is a single-page letter that you write to the employer, introducing yourself and briefly stating why you think you would be an appropriate candidate for the job.

The letter should highlight a few of your experiences or skills, and thank the individual reading it for his or her time. The appropriate content, format, and tone for cover letters can vary depending on what kind of job you are applying for, and who exactly you are writing to, and your own personality. Your cover letter should be made out to the individual in charge of employment, who sometimes can be difficult to identify. If you cannot identify the employment recruiter, address the letter to the company as a whole, and write “To whom it may concern” or “To the hiring manager.” Be careful not to be too bland in your cover letter, while still maintaining your professionalism – sometimes showing a little of your personality helps your resume stand out!

Here you can view a few sample cover letters that can help get you started on creating your own and get you ready to find a job.