Cover Letters: Don’t Restate Your Resume!

Students often make the mistake of simply rehashing what is on their resume in their cover letter.  A good cover letter should broaden the employer’s perspective regarding your qualifications and why you are a good fit for the position.  For example, include any connection to the geographic area, such as the fact that you are looking forward to returning “home” to practice or to be near your family.  Explain if you have a strong passion for an area of law.  Mention any high grades you received on particular assignments or in certain classes.  Explain the effort required to organize an event for your student club and how those skills relate to the position at hand.  Your cover letter should be a persuasive tool that convinces the employer you are the the right person for the job!