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Cover Letter Writing Tips

A cover letter should complement your resume, not duplicate it. What you include in the cover letter depends on what message you want to send. In addition, cover letters should be fairly brief and not more than one page.

Below are tips for writing cover letters:

  • Explain why you are interested in the position.
  • Explain why are you interested in UC San Diego Health Sciences or UC San Diego Health System.
  • Expand on the skills you have for the position, but do not repeat of what is on your resume.
  • Relate your skills, interests and experience to the needs of the organization.
  • If you heard about the position through an employee or contact known to the hiring manager, include that information in the cover letter.
  • Don't write a formula letter. Show your enthusiasm and interest in the position and the organization.
  • Write in the active tense with action verbs. For example, instead of “my best attributes include teamwork...”, write “I'm a dedicated team player who can motivate...”
  • Don't exaggerate your experience.
  • Write clearly so that what you write means what you meant.
  • Proofread! Also have someone else proofread and go over your resume and cover letter.