Cover Letter General Outline
Name of Company Official
City, State ZIP
Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name: (Dear Director: if you cannot get a specific name)
Opening Paragraph: Introduce yourself and identify the specific job for which you are applying. When appropriate, mention how you heard about the position. If you have some type of connection to the company, state the connection.
Middle Paragraph(s): Describe why you are interested in the job and working for this particular employer. In a confident and enthusiastic manner, highlight your three most significant skills, abilities, experiences, or personal characteristics that make you a strong candidate for the position. Point out specific examples of relevant work experience or educational activities, but do not simply reiterate your entire résumé. Emphasize what you offer the employer - NOT what the employer can do for you. Engage the reader and make him/her want to review your résumé!
Closing Paragraph: Refer the reader to your enclosed résumé. Be sure to request an interview. End by “closing the sale” with a positive note or thank you.
Your signature in blue or black ink
(Don’t forget to sign it!)
Your name typed