COVER LETTER OUTLINE AND CHECKLIST
Area Code and Phone Number
City, State, Zip Code
OR (If no name is available) RE:_____________________
___ 1. Explain the reason for the letter and/or identify the position you are seeking.
___ 2. Mention how you learned of the position (friend, contact, website).
___ 3. Tell the employer something you learned about the company based on research.
(Tell me why you care. Tell me about the award you read about.)
___4. Address your ability to contribute to the employer’s needs. Give examples of your
relevant qualifications, accomplishments, and skills.
___ 5. The closing paragraph should end with an action statement. BE PROACTIVE!
Mention that you look forward to the opportunity to talk with them in person and that you
will contact them.
___ 6. Remember to express your thanks.
Your name typed
THINK: It’s like a love letter: 1) Why I love you (employer) 2) Why you (employer) should
love me 3) Why we are a perfect fit!