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Your Cover Letter Print Page

Esther Wallen

Esther Wallen

Esther Wallen, MA, GCDF, CPRW- Director of Student Development

Her office is located on the 6th floor, room 6S18.


Number: (773) 252-5133

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00pm


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For more information, contact Esther Wallen, MA, GCDF, CPRW at or 773.252.5133.


Cover Letter or No Cover Letter?

So you found a job that you want to apply to and your resume is ready to go. So, what about a cover letter...

Question: Why is a cover letter important?


  • It can set you apart from other applicants who may not submit a cover letter
  • It can reveal your personality and help you built a rapport
  • A cover letter is your opportunity to match your skills and experience with the specific requirements for the position

Question: Should I have a standard cover letter for every job I apply to?

Answer: No, sending out a basic cover letter might actually hurt your chances. Each cover letter you compose should cater to the specific job requirements that you are applying for. Cater your cover letter towards that specific job.


Question: Should I always submit a cover letter when applying for a job?

Answer: If the application instructions expressly say not to include a cover letter, or if an online application offers no opportunity, then you can forego the cover letter. Be aware that you should not send a cover letter when the employer specifically says not to, because this may be a test of your ability to follow directions.


Click the icon below to open the PDF Heather hands out to ResU students on building a proper cover letter!


Cover Letter Books

Check out these cover letter books for up to two weeks! They are located in the career collection area.

Cover Art
Cover Letter Magic
Call Number: HF 5383 E4787 2008
ISBN: 9781593573645

Cover Art
The Quick Resume and Cover Letter Book, Fourth Edition
Call Number: HF 5383 F32 2008
ISBN: 9781593575175


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