Cover Letter Snapshot

A cover letter is a letter that introduces the reader to the applicant and provides a brief summary of the applicant’s qualifications and fit for the company/position/program. Cover Letter Essentials: 1. Tailored  –  Well-written professional document created for a specific company and addressed to a specific person/department/company 2. Formatting  –  Document must look good on a page

  • 1 page
  • Recommended font Size: 10-12 pt.
  • Recommended font Styles: Calibri, Times New Roman, Arial

3. Conveys why you are applying  –  Identify skills, core attributes, experiences, etc. that show your value to the reader – shouldn’t repeat information that is on the resume 4. Strong Closing  –  Express an interest in participating in an interview to discuss your qualifications in greater detail. 5. Error Free

Get your cover letter reviewed:

Drop-in Model: Stop by Ceres Hall 306 M-F from 9 am – 4 pm for assistance on your cover letter.

Submit Cover Letter for Review: Fill out our CAC Document Review Form to get feedback on your cover letter.

Make an Appointment: Schedule an appointment via Bison Advise.

Email: All services are offered via email. So if you are away from campus, taking classes online, or commuting to NDSU, you may find email interactions to be more useful. Reach out via email at

Phone:  Calls can be made to the Career and Advising Center main line at 701-231-7111.

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