Cover Letter Suggested Content and Layout
V A NG U A R D U NI V E R SI T Y C A R EE R S E R VI C ES
THE FOLLOWING IS INTENDED AS A GUIDE. COVER LETTERS SHOULD BE UNIQUE AND ORIGINAL.
Following is a sample introductory paragraph for cover letters.
Your street address
• My commitment to bringing history alive for students, my extensive hands-on work at the State
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Department, and the knowledge that I gained as an honors History student at Vanguard
University, prompt me to apply for the Irvine Unified School District’s high school social studies
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teaching position listed on . I am confident that my lesson-planning abilities, classroom
management skills, and engaging teaching style will greatly support Irvine Unified's tradition of
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Mr./Ms./Dr. First and Last Name of Person
Following is a sample middle paragraph for cover letters.
Position or Title
• As an intern, I became familiar with the programs Family Care Network offers, the services
you provide, the families you serve, and the philosophy behind your organization. I believe my
Employer Street Address/P.O. Box
experience and values would make me a strong contributor to the FCNI team. Over the past
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seven years, I have sought out opportunities to work with at-risk populations. I have been able
to develop practical skills and gain experience working with children and youth in preschools,
Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. Last Name of Addressee:
camps, U.S. urban areas, and in Africa. My psychology degree has given me an academic
Tell the reader why you are writing (i.e., regarding the position in which you are interested;
foundation with the theoretical background necessary to work effectively in this field. After
if appropriate, indicate how you learned of the position and/ or organization). Make a
completing my senior research project on resiliency in children, I believe more than ever in the
work that FCNI is doing and the potential it has to make meaningful changes in the lives of
general statement about being a good candidate for the job.
children and families.
Explain why you have targeted this particular organization: in so doing, demonstrate your
knowledge of its products, services and operations. (This means you must research the
Following are sample ending paragraphs for cover letters.
potential employer.) Stress what you have to offer, not what you want from, the employer.
• I have attached my resume for your review. I will be contacting you within two weeks to set
Identify those parts of your experience (paid or non-paid) which will be of interest to this
up a time to further discuss my qualifications for entry-level positions with Project Management
employer. Students and recent graduates should draw attention to relevant course work,
Advisors, Inc. Thank you very much for your time, and I look forward to meeting with the
special projects and campus activities. In some cases, you will add detail to items.
representatives of your company in the near future.
Demonstrate your understanding of the duties of the position in which you are interested, and
• Enclosed is my resume, and I look forward to discussing my qualifications with you. I will call you
state how your unique qualifications fit the position. Request an interview appointment, or tell
in a week to confirm receipt of this information and discuss possible next steps. Thank you very
the reader that you will contact him/her soon in order to see if you can schedule a mutually
much for your time and consideration.
convenient appointment. If the employer is some distance away, indicate when you would be
available for an interview. (For example, if you will be traveling to the employer’s location
during an academic holiday, indicate the days you will be in that area.) Thank the reader for
The above paragraphs are intended to serve as examples, not to be copied verbatim.
his/her time and consideration.
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