Your HA Cover Letter
A cover letter should be brief and to the point, avoiding extensive reiteration of the information already included on the resume. The letter should reflect your abilities, focus on the positive, and demonstrate an understanding of the position. The letter should not exceed one, single-spaced typewritten page.
The following are some guidelines to help you write your cover letter:
- You should address your letter to Residence Life House Advisor Selection Committee
- The first paragraph acts as an introduction. It states your purpose in writing, identifies the position in which you are interested, and often mentions the way in which you were referred (by a friend, advertisement, Center for Life Beyond Reed, etc.)
- In the second and third paragraphs, you should discuss your qualifications and your interest for the position, expanding on specific and related experiences that demonstrate your strengths and/or interests. Make your knowledge and interest clear and describe specific accomplishments and experiences that relate to the position. We recommend specifically addressing the qualifications listed on the House Advisor job description.
- A concluding paragraph reiterates your interest as well as addresses any logistical concerns (i.e. intent to study abroad, being out of town or unavailable during an interview, etc.).
- Ask someone to read and review the letter -- even better, several people. Consider consulting Center for Life Beyond Reed.