We've all heard it before—"You'll never get a second chance to make a first impression." And that's exactly why we're such advocates of including a cover letter with each and every sorority packet you send out the door!
In addition to being a polite and professional inclusion, your cover letter is an excellent chance for you to share important information with the women completing a RIF and LOS on your behalf. With that said, let's break down the key components of a stellar sorority cover letter!
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Your cover letter should be addressed to the women completing your recommendations, NOT the sorority houses those recommendations will be forwarded on to. The purpose of a cover letter is to introduce yourself, share the "why" behind your decision to go through the sorority recruitment process, and communicate important notes and/or deadlines.
SECTION ONE: SALUTATION AND GREETING
Use the first paragraph of your cover letter to introduce yourself and give thanks. The woman writing your recommendation is taking time out of her day to make you sound amazing—let her know how much that means to you! For example:
"I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to complete a recommendation on my behalf! I am so excited to be attending [University] this fall, and intend to pursue a major in [Intended Field of Study]."
SECTION TWO: IMPORTANT DETAILS
In the second paragraph of your cover letter, give an overview of the items included with your sorority packet. (i.e.“Enclosed you will find a copy of my resume and high school transcript, a selection of photos, and a pre-addressed, stamped envelope.")
If there is a specific submission deadline that your letter-writer should be aware of, let her know by including the exact date she will need to submit your materials by. Last but not least, if any of your academic information has changed or if you have received new honors/awards since printing your resume, you will want to specifically note that information in your cover letter. You can do this like so:
"Please note that the GPA listed on my resume is no longer accurate. After receiving my final grades this summer, my cumulative GPA is a 3.7—if you would please include this updated information as part of your recommendation, I would be so grateful!"
SECTION THREE: CLOSING REMARKS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Use the last section of your cover letter to reiterate your thanks. If you haven't done so already, share a reason why you're looking forward to joining a sorority during college. Finally, don't forget to include a signature line that contains your name, phone number, and email address. Let your letter-writer know that she is welcome to contact you if she has any additional questions after reviewing your information!
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