Open Cover Letters: Examples from Hired Librarians and Archivists

Writing a cover letter can be a daunting task. What information should be included? How long should it be? How do I avoid repetition of my resume? How do I stand out when compared to so many other applicants? Looking at examples of cover letters when drafting your own can be useful and Open Cover Letters is a great resource for VREPS on the job market. The author, Stephen X. Flynn, is the Emerging Technologies Librarian at the College of Wooster and explains why he founded Open Cover Letters:

Having gone through the job search process and the emotional roller coaster accompanying it, I saw the need for an online resource that provides guidance to job seekers by providing exemplar cover letters. Examples of cover letters online didn’t seem relevant when I tried looking for some.

I shared Flynn’s frustration during my own job search over generalized cover letters I found online not doing the trick. Submitted cover letters are anonymous and redacted before being added to the site so if any VREPS want to share their successful cover letters, Open Cover Letters is now taking submissions.


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