Cover Letters

Your return address
Date of letter
Employer's Name
Employer’s title
Name of the company/organization
Employer’s address
Dear ____________:

In the first paragraph, indicate your reason for writing, the specific position or type of work you are applying for, and how you learned about the position. Mention the name of the person (if any) who referred you to the person, position, or organization. Give information to show your specific interest in the organization.

Your middle paragraph(s) should explain why you are interested in working for this employer; specify why you desire this type of work and showcase your qualifications. Highlight any relevant work experience or related education, but do not reiterate your entire resume. Emphasize your skills, abilities, and personal traits that relate to the job for which you are applying. A useful tip is to look at the job description for the position you are applying for and see what skills and abilities it requires. Make connections between your skills and abilities and what the employer is looking for. Be sure to do this in a confident manner and remember that the reader will view your cover letter as an example of your writing style.

Close your letter by indicating your desire for a personal interview. You might suggest a day or time frame when you will be available. You may refer your reader to your enclosed resume or other media you are using to illustrate your training, skills, and experience. Give a telephone number and/or email address where you can be reached at the employer’s convenience.


Your handwritten signature

Your name typed