Sample Cover Letter


Key Elements of Successful Cover Letters
Your present address
City, State, Zip Code
Today’s date
Individual’s First & Last Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:
Introduction: This is your introduction paragraph in which you indicate the reason you are writing this
letter, the specific position or type of work for which you are applying and how you learned of the
opening (career center, name of publication or website, friend, employment service, etc.). Additionally,
you may choose to state your educational background in this section. You may also consider adding one
or two sentences about the organizations mission and/or values and how those relate to your personal
values or background.
Body: (One to two paragraphs) In this section, you will emphasize what you can do for the employer. It is
important to explain how your academic background makes you a qualified candidate for the position. If
you have had some practical work experience, point out the specific achievements or unique
qualifications. Do not just state the skills that you have but give concrete examples of how you possess
those qualities or skills. Try not to repeat the same information the reader will find in the resume. You
may want to highlight any special leadership experiences or language skills in this section. As much as
possible, tie your qualifications to the employer’s needs, particularly those expressed in the job
Conclusion: In the closing paragraph, indicate your desire for a personal interview. Refer the reader to the
enclosed resume or application, which summarizes your qualifications, training and experience. Repeat
your contact information and offer any assistance that will help to promote a speedy response. Finally,
close your letter with a statement or question that will encourage a response. For example, say you will be
in the city where the organization is located on a certain date and would like the opportunity to speak with
them. Or, ask if the company will be recruiting in your area.
(Your neatly handwritten signature here)
Your name typed
Enclosure(s) (this signifies that other documents, such as a resume, are enclosed with the letter)
Counseling appointments are available to discuss your cover letter
with a professional career advisor.
Drop-in critiques are available at The Career Center. Bring a draft
of your cover letter in-progress for review.
Our website has even more information to help with your cover letter
Last updated 21-Oct-09


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