Cover Letter Example - Academic Advisor

What to Include and How to Format an Academic Advisor Cover Letter

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The following is an example of a cover letter written for an academic advising position. Academic cover letters need to be crafted for the process they will go through, which differs from the processing of applications outside of academia.

Sample Cover Letter - Academic Advisor Position

This is a cover letter example for an academic advisor position. Download the cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Sample Cover Letter - Academic Advisor Position (Text Version)

Alison Applicant
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345

September 1, 2018

Perry Lee
Director, Human Resources
Columbia State Community College
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Mr. Lee,

I read with interest your posting for an Academic Advisor in the Student Academic Success Center at Columbia State Community College. I know that this is the correct position for me as I feel that my experience and education fit the type of person you are looking for to fill this position.

I am a firm believer that education is an investment in oneself, having recently completed my MS in Adult Education through Buffalo State College's online program. I hereby enclose my resume and other required materials for your review.

I look forward to speaking with you further about what I may offer Columbia State Community College as an Academic Advisor in the Student Academic Success Center.


Alison Applicant

Elements to Include in an Academic Advisor Position Cover Letter

Your contact information must be full and correct, with multiple ways for the employment office and search committee to reach you. While those may be included in the resume or CV, you want them to be easily accessible on every piece of correspondence. Don't make them search for it.

Include the position number, job posting number, or another specific position reference. It is an important element that will allow the human resources office to sort and classify your application properly. You don't want your application sorted into the wrong pile or file. You also want to ensure they don't think it is a general application for any position.

If specific education and licensure are required for the position, include that in the cover letter. Some states require a license or certification for academic advisors, so be sure to research that for applying for a position in a different state. If you haven't yet gotten that credential, note that you are eligible or are filing for it.

Check the required education for the position and note your achievement in the cover letter. These two factors will be important for the employment office to consider your application. Make it easy for them to find them in the cover letter rather than having to search through the resume.

Be sure to proofread and check spelling and grammar in your cover letter. You can be sure that someone in the human resources office or on the search committee cares deeply about such things. A single mistake could send your application to the bottom of the pile.