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Steven Z. Sample
2003 Riverside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24502
May 9, 2014
Name of Manager
Title and Department
Name of Company
Street Address
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms:
State the job you are applying for and how you learned of the opening (employment agency,
relative, friend, media). If you are inquiring about a possible job opening, then specify the type
of job that you are seeking. Indicate you are enclosing a copy of your resume.
Explain why you are interested in the prospective job, company, and its services. Why are you
passionate about this as a career? Remember, this isn’t about what you can get from them but
what you can offer them. This will require you to research the company and position. Describe
which character traits make you an ideal candidate for the job and how you will benefit the
company. Be specific. Point out your academic background, specific achievements, or work
experience that is applicable to your potential job. Even if you haven’t had related work
experience, or the only relevant experience is from your education thus far, include examples of
your energy, initiative, and eagerness to work with and benefit the company. Try NOT to simply
restate the same information that is in your resume. Your goal is to “sell” your best qualities in
order to “lure” the reader to review your resume. If your cover letter is poorly written, your
resume will not be read.
Request an appointment or personal interview at the reader’s convenience. Close your letter in a
manner that will encourage a speedy reply. For example, name a date on which you will call to
set up your interview, ask if additional information or references are desired, or if the company
recruits in your area. Thank the reader for his or her time and consideration.
Your Name
Enclosure (Resume/References/Samples/Etc.)


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