Career Services

Mailing Address:
PO Box 756380
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6380

Shipping Address:
403 Salcha St
110 Eielson Bldg
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6380

907-474-7596 phone
907-474-7445 fax

Cover Letter Information

Purpose of a Cover Letter

A cover letter is a brief letter that introduces your resume to the company or organization to which you are applying.  Your cover letter should emphasize why you want to work for that particular organization and why you would be a good fit.  An effective cover letter engages the reader and encourages him or her to invite you for an interview.

A resume should always be accompanied by a cover letter.  It serves as the first sample of your writing ability and attention to detail.  A cover letter should be specifically tailored to the job and organization.

Getting Started: What to include in your Cover Letter

Letters of Recommendation

  • "Letters of Recommendation" are often written by faculty members recommending a student for admission to a graduate program.  However, some employers will request letters of recommendation from your references.
  • Interfolio Credential Services:  Through our partnership with Interfolio, Career Services provides the university community with a state-of-the-art on-line credentials service that securely streamlines, simplifies, and speeds up the credentials and portfolio process for everyone.  Visit the Interfolio website.

Thank You Letter Information

Thank you letters are critical to your job search success, and interviews are not only occasions to send thank-you and follow-up letters.  If you've ever experienced helping or doing something for someone, and not receiving a thank-you, you understand how employers view this lack of courtesy on the part of job seekers.


Following an interview, promptly (within 2 business days) write the interviewer a letter expressing appreciation and thanks for the interview.  The purpose of this letter is to:

  • Show appreciation.
  • Reiterate your interest in the position and in the organization.
  • Review or remind the employer about your qualifications for the position.  If you thought of something you forgot to mention in the interview, mention it in your thank-you letter.
  • Demonstrate that you have good manners and know to write a thank-you letter.
  • Follow up with any information the employer may have asked you to provide after the interview.

When to write Thank-you Letters

Hard copy, Handwritten or Email?

Letter of acceptance

A letter of acceptance documents your acceptance of the position after the job offer. Restate the details of your start date, job title and other pertinent details.

Reference Letters

Positive references and letters of recommendation are essential to a successful job search or entrance into graduate school.  Throughout your career you will be developing new references, as well as maintaining contact with individuals who have known you and your skills for a long time.  Important contacts, which could turn into references, are made through all aspects of your life,  including any job, college course, or volunteer situation.

Potential References:

  • Former or current employers
  • Faculty and staff
  • People who have supervised you
  • Volunteer, practicum or internship advisors
  • People you have supervised
  • Co-workers

Selecting References

Preparing References

Supplying References to Employers

Evaluating an Offer of Employment

In the excitement of being offered a job it's easy to forget there are still important decisions to be made before you officially accept the offer.  You need to remember:  You didn't work hard in school just to take any job that comes along.  You want to make sure the job is right for you, that you'll be happy in the position or with the company you'll be working for.  Chances are, if you did your homework before applying for the job and asked the right questions during your interview, you'll know if it is right.

Still, it's important to carefully evaluate and give serious thought to a job offer.  There are three critical issues to consider:

  1. How closely does the job offer match your career goals?
  2. Do you need additional information about the job, the offer, the company, or any other factors in order to make a decision?
  3. Are there issues you may want to negotiate to bring the offer closer to your employment goal?

Factors to Consider When Evaluating an Offer