Carnegie Mellon University

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Writing an Academic Cover Letter

⚠️ This workshop is open to PhD students only.

April 16, 5:00-6:30 pm EDT

April 21, 6:00-7:30 pm EDT

April 29, 5:30-7:00 pm EDT

This 90-minute workshop is reserved for PhD students. Arguably, the most important document you will write when applying to academic jobs is the academic cover letter. It is also the most challenging. As our workshop will clarify, you may need different versions of your cover letter for different types of institutions. This workshop is designed for PhD candidates who are going on the market in Fall 2020. This workshop will describe the structure and content of a typical academic cover letter, discuss how to read and interpret job ads, explain how to tailor your job letter for different types of institutions, including universities with varying research and teaching loads, and critique strong and weak examples of cover letters.

We will email the Zoom link the day of the workshop.