Sample Cover Letter
Address City, State, Zip Phone Email
Date of Writing
Name of person you are writing to
City, State Zip
Dear Mr. /Ms. Blank: (Address your letter to a specific person, whenever possible)
Opening Paragraph - Tell why you are writing. If a person within the organization or career field referred you, mention the contact’s name and title. Tell how you learned of the opening or organization. Remember, the cover letter talks about what you have to offer, not what you want or need.
Middle Paragraph(s) - Using the job posting as a guide, give several specific examples of how you have used your skills, citing work and volunteer activities and how they relate to the position to which you are applying. Mention one or two of your qualifications that you think would be of interest to the employer, slanting your remarks to his/her point of view. Tell why you are interested in the organization, location, or type of work. If you have had related experience, or specialized training, be sure to point it out. If possible, show the employer how your skills match those in the job announcement/industry or advertisement. This is the place to ‘sell’ your skills and abilities to the potential employer. Document your claims with statements that show evidence of your skills. Describe how your skills/experience fit the position description.
Closing Paragraph - Refer the reader to the enclosed application or resume. Indicate that references and/or credentials are available upon request. Request an application form or an interview. List a phone number or e-mail address where you can be reached. Make sure your closing ends on a positive note. Let the employer know that you look forward to hearing from him/her soon.
Your handwritten signature - blue or black ink
Type your name