Writing a cover letter is a very important step when putting together job applications. It not only shows potential employers your writing ability, but it also is your chance to communicate why exactly you are interested in the specific position and the specific organization and also discuss any pieces of your application that need explaining. You may use the cover letter to mention a networking contact who referred you to the position or to explain why you are applying if your degree does not match what they are looking for, etc. The cover letter is also your opportunity to discuss a few of your relevant skills and experiences in greater detail than you can on your resume. Please refer to this guide for detailed instructions on how to write a cover letter and to review samples. We also encourage you to have your cover letter reviewed by multiple people including a career counselor.