Example of standard cover letter:
Jo Q. Public
210 Main Street
June 1, 2002
Ms. Julia Haversham, Recruiter
Exec. Placement, 1000 Third Ave, 3
New York, NY
Dear Ms. Haversham,
When I saw your recent posting for a buyer position I knew it was a wonderful way to combine
my background in art, design and retail sales.
As you can see from my resume, I graduated magna cum laude from the University of
Michigan’s School of Art & Design. While attending the university I was able to learn a great
deal about marketing strategies and product design in several of my courses. Further, I was able
to gain an appreciation for all kinds of aesthetics and have learned to apply this ability when
helping customers in my retail sales position at Middle Earth. The store is well known in Ann
Arbor for its eclectic mix of merchandise. In addition to my experience in retail sales, I was
responsible for keeping track of inventory, as all merchandise was sold on commission.
My communication skills have been greatly enhanced through all of my positions, especially at
Campbell Ewald, where I had the responsibility to communicate concepts quickly and clearly to
the design team. I am confident these skills will be an asset when negotiating with vendors.
I will be in New York City the week of June 25. I will call you in advance to set up a time when
we can meet. If you have any questions, please call me at (211) 987-6543, or e-mail me at
I look forward to meeting with you.
Jo Q. Public