Cover Letter for Academic Advisor

Catherine Cain                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                        300 Woodland Circle • Pendleton, SC 29670

                                                                                                               • 803.513.9561


November 6, 2008


The University of Alabama

Human Resources Department
271 Rose Administration Building

Box 870142
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Dear Sir or Madam:


I am excited to be applying for the position of Academic Advisor for the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office at The University of Alabama. Currently I serve as an Administrative Office Assistant to the Associate Dean’s Office of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University and I am scheduled to graduate in December, 2008. I believe my unique blend of professional and personal experience and skills has prepared me to be an ideal candidate for this position as well as an asset to your team. I have enclosed my resume and a list of references to provide an overview of my academic achievements and relevant work experience.


From my own experiences, I know that the transition to a university setting is one not to be taken lightly. I have a desire to guide and counsel students in their search for a major that suits their interests, passions, and abilities, help them adjust to and successfully handle the workload of college courses, and push them toward their future goals, whether it be graduate school or finding an occupation. I would be privileged to work with students, providing them guidance and assistance through their academic studies to help them meet their career goals and fulfill their degree requirements. I will bring passion, dedication, and encouragement to this position, committing to the welfare of students, aiding them through their time at the University of Alabama. I know first hand what it is like to be an undergraduate student and need the priceless support of a caring, knowledgeable advisor.


My complete work history emphasizes computer literacy, specifically with Microsoft Word and Excel for word processing and database/spreadsheet management, was essential, and has provided me with the skills necessary for this position. As an Administrative Office Assistant I have communicated with diverse populations including employers, co-workers, customers, and fellow students in a professional university work environment. Because of my participation in Creative Inquiry Research teams and completing a degree in psychology, my analytical and problem solving skills are highly developed. My administrative and professional work experience at Clemson University has given me an understanding of the importance and value of policies and procedures, and I am confident in my ability to assess, enforce, and abide to those specific to academic advising. I am certain that my strong communication skills, organizational ability, and heart for students would allow me to carry out this job successfully.


Nothing would please me more than to work for the University of Alabama. I have enjoyed working in a university setting and gaining knowledge about all that goes into making a major university the best for its students. I am impressed by what I have seen of The University of Alabama and its focus on its students. My fiancé, Lance Haynie, just started at The University of Alabama as Program Coordinator of the Outdoor Recreation Program. He has described the university as a close-knit community, fostering the growth and success of its students and pushing them to be the best prepared-whether it be for graduate school or an occupation. I would be honored to work with such a group of people.


I am currently a student at Clemson University with plans to graduate this December and move immediately to Tuscaloosa following my wedding in December. Thank you for your time and consideration of me for this position. I look forward to hearing from you.





Catherine Cain