Cover Letter

The cover letter communicates to a prospective employer that you are interested in obtaining a position with his or her company. It is usually sent with a resume. Sample Cover Letter

There are some points you should consider when writing the letter:

  • Try to address the letter to a specific individual who will be hiring you.  Be sure the name is spelled correctly
  • State the purpose of your letter in the first paragraph.  Name the position you are applying for and how you heard of the opening.
  • Explain how the experience or abilities listed in your resume relate to the company’s goals or to the duties of the position.
  • Always ask for an interview
  • Avoid the use of slang, idioms or acronyms
  • Use a word Processor
  • Check for spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors
  • Have the letter critiqued by several people
  • Keep the letter to one page, neatly printed on good quality paper 

Types of Letters

  • Interview scheduled for a specific job opening
    • mention scheduled interview
    • provide details of your experience which relates to job
  • Interview scheduled, no specific job opening
    • provide information about your skills
    • mention interest in the specific company
  • No interview scheduled
    • provide information about your skills
    • mention interest in the specific company