Writing Effective Cover Letters Page 3


Elements of a
(Your heading as it appears on your resume)
Successful Cover Letter
Virginia Dare
 (435) 888-8888  St. George, UT 84790  LinkedIn URL
Uses business format
Clear, concise writing
(Company Address)
Correct grammar and
(Address it to a specific person. If you are unable to address your cover letter
to a specific person, use a subject line in place of the salutation)
Dixie State University
Identify the position you
Paragraph 1
225 South University Ave.
are applying for
St. George, UT 84770
If possible, name any
referral / contact
Create interest or solve
The web developer position posted on Career Connections at Dixie State
University matches my ability to create and implement dynamic web content
a problem / need
using a variety of software and design tools. In December 20xx I will complete
Link your education and
my Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in
work experience to the
Informational Technology.
My course work and related experience has refined my skills in Adobe
Illustrator, Photoshop, ezPlug, and HTML. My experience as a departmental
Identify your strongest
Paragraph 2
computer consultant gave me exposure to both PC and Macintosh OSX
qualifications as they
platforms, while troubleshooting repairs on over 40 work stations. Additionally,
relate to the job
my summer internship in computing operations for a major city newspaper
enhanced my knowledge of enterprise systems, content management, and e-
Elaborate on applicable
commerce operations.
work, education or
I will contact you next week to schedule an interview to discuss my
qualifications as they relate to this position. Should you need to reach me
Include results-oriented
before then, please feel free to contact me at the phone number or email listed
above. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to talk with you.
success statements –
data or numbers
Can be paragraph or
(Omit handwritten signature if emailing)
bullet point format
Thank the employer
Virginia Dare
Paragraph 3
Request an interview
Discuss how and when
you will follow-up


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