Career Services

Job Search Letters

There are several basic letters you may use during your job search. Each has its own function and should be used accordingly. Descriptions and examples of each type are below.

These letters are intended to serve as examples. Use them as models, but be sure to tailor your letters specifically to your experiences and qualifications.

Don't forget to download examples of Resumes.

For additional guidance or assistance with resume writing and critique contact Northeast's Career Services staff.

Cover Letter

The purpose of the cover letter is to introduce yourself to an organization, demonstrate your qualifications and interest in the company or a specific vacancy, draw attention to your resume and motivate the reader to interview you. Often this letter is the first contact you have with a prospective employer and it demonstrates your writing capabilities.

Prospecting Letter

Use when you have not seen a job advertised at the company but you want to get your application materials in the hiring managers hands for consideration. Often times, companies are hiring but they do not have an active job posting. Be sure this letter contains information on why the company interests you and why your skills and experience would be an asset to the position. Always follow up after submitting a prospecting letter to determine the next step of action.

Thank You Letter

The purpose of this letter is to show that you are truly interested in the position and to show your gratitude for the interview. This letter also shows that you understand the importance of follow up and allows you to reconnect with the employer.

Acceptance Letter

The purpose of the letter is to reinforce that you decided to accept the company’s employment offer. In the letter, you should include important terms of the offer, such as, job title, start date, salary and benefits. In most cases, you will verbally accept the offer then follow up with a letter so that you have a copy for your records.

Resignation Letter

This letter servers as official notice that you are terminating your employment with a company. It is important to stay on good terms with your employer so you can receive positive references from them.


Need help or additional information?

If you need assistance with resumes, cover letters, and applications, or need additional information, please visit our office in the College Welcome Center, fill out our contact form, or contact:

Terri Heggemeyer, Director

Phone: (402) 844-7263
Toll-Free: (800) 348-9033, Ext. 7263
FAX: (402) 844-7404
terrih@northeast.edu

Amy Koehler, Administrative Assistant

Phone: (402) 844-7264
Toll-Free: (800) 348-9033, Ext. 7264
FAX: (402) 844-7404
amy@northeast.edu