School of Psychology & Counseling

Cover Letter Writing

Comparable to resume writing, a cover letter presents who you are and why you are qualified for a specific position. Yet a cover letter should complement, rather than duplicate the information on a resume. Its function is to personalize the materials presented on a resume by creating a solid first impression.

When confronted about his qualifications, Paul did not hesitate to provide his credentials as a spiritual leader to believers in Corinth. This was, in essence, a cover letter. In his address, Paul describes his background, personal experiences and guiding philosophy (see 2 Corinthians 11:16-33). Similar to a resume, the cover letter must be truthful, free from errors and tailored to a specific position.

Please note that the following section contains sample cover letters for your benefit. You may NOT plagiarize the sources because every cover letter is uniquely crafted for the position you are seeking. There is no such thing as a "one size fits all" template in cover letter writing.

Sample Cover Letter for Community Counseling
(Ideal for those graduating from a CACREP program, i.e. Regent master's counseling students)

Sample Cover Letter for School Counseling

Sample Cover Letter for Counselor Aide
(entry-level position)

See an article entitled, "Ten Effective Job Search Strategies"

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