Sample Cover Letter
When sending a resume and/or application to an employer, either to apply for a job or to inquire about positions,
include a cover letter as your introduction. A cover letter is used to state why you are writing, what interests you about
the employer or the position, and what skills and background that will fit the company's needs. Letters are typed and
mailed or e-mailed, along with the resume and application.
City, State and Zip code
Name of Person
City, State Zip code
Dear ASI Human Resources:
The first paragraph should indicate what position you are interested in and how you heard about it. Use the
names of contact persons, if appropriate, or references to your sources of information. (Sample entry
Arthur Jones, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Cal Poly and former senior design engineer at LSI
Logic, suggested that I contact you concerning a summer internship in your division. I have heard about the
very positive working environment at LSI and your progressive approach to meeting the needs of your
client community. Joining such a forward-thinking company this summer would be very exciting.
The second paragraph should relate your experience, skills and background for the position. Highlight the
specific skills and competencies that could be useful to the company. (Sample entry follows)
As a junior Electrical Engineering student at Cal Poly, with an emphasis in analog design, I have completed
courses in Electric Circuit Analysis, Electronic Devices and Manufacturing and Integrated Electronic
Circuits. My teamwork skills have been developed through class projects and leadership through serving as
President of Tenaya Residence Hall. This past spring I completed a design project working with CBDS,
which was a valuable experience.
The third paragraph should indicate your plans for follow-up contact and that your resume is enclosed.
(Sample entry follows)
Although the enclosed resume provides a good summary of my background and experience, I would like to
arrange to meet with you to discuss my qualifications for this position. Please contact me at your earliest
convenience to schedule an appointment. Thank you for your time.
(Your Name typed)