Cover letters are attached to your resume when you apply for a job. The purpose of
Making a General
cover letters is to persuade the employer that you are well suited for the job. This
persuasion process involves predicting the skills and qualities the employer is
looking for and then briefly proving , in a confident way, how and why you have
Parts of a Cover Letter
Writing cover letters can be painstaking and difficult especially when you need
one “tomorrow” for that job you’ve just heard about. Therefore its a really good
idea to compose a general cover letter of your top five skills to keep on hand. You
Use your own name, address, phone
can then use this letter at a moments notice. To fine tune the letter, replace some of
number, email address
the skills in your letter with the relevant skills for the job.
A sample of a general cover letter
Use the current date and change it
for your real letter later.
888 Adverbial Way
3. Inside Address
Normally you would include the
address of the organization in this
space. In your general cover letter
just leave this space empty until
September 5, 2002
you need to put in a real one.
Put Organization Address Here
For general cover letters,
For your real letter, you will need
where you don’t have an address,
to get the name of someone by
leave this section blank.
contacting the organization and
asking for a name. In the
meantime, you can use “To whom it
To whom it may concern:
In my efforts to earn employment with your organization, I am writing this
letter to highlight my skills and qualifications. In reading my resume, I believe
5. Body: Three Paragraphs
you will find my qualifications and attributes make me a very suitable
candidate for employment.
a. The first paragraph clearly
indicates the purpose of your
Firstly, through my participation in the local rep hockey team, I understand the
benefits of being a team player. My volunteer work at St. Mary’s Hospital, caring
for and interacting with patients, has also helped me develop mature
communication skills. Through my work at Clayton’s Market, handling products
b. The second paragraph goes into
and aiding customers, I have become familiar with the basics of sales and
the details of matching your skills
customer service. Furthermore, my time on the Chatelech Yearbook Committee
and qualities with those of the job
has given me excellent experience in working with others and realizing the value
ad. See below for the process of
of being organized. Finally, in my desire to build on my supervision skills I’ve
composing this paragraph.
worked hard to complete my level one first aid. In conclusion, I am ready to make
valuable contributions to your business.
c. The third paragraph thanks
I greatly appreciate your consideration for employment and I look forward to further
the reader and politely assumes
discussing my qualifications in person. I may be reached at the phone numbers
that you will have an interview.
given above. The best times to contact me are weekdays between 9:00 am and five
Give details of where and when
pm. Thanks again for your time and consideration.
you can be reached.
This is where you give your
signature between the “Sincerely”
closing and your typed name.
Leave about 5 blank lines in