A cover letter adds focus to your resume, making it a powerful and essential tool in your job-search strategy. Few employers seriously consider a resume that is not accompanied by a cover letter, so use it as an introduction to yourself and your resume, making sure it’s tailored to specific jobs.

Use this letter to respond to specific job openings, AND to get an interview!

Preparing a Cover Letter 

(Center letter on the page from top to bottom)
Your Address
City, State  Zip

Current Date

Individual’s Name
Name of Organization
City, State  Zip

Dear (Ms. or Mr.) ____________:

First Paragraph: State why you are writing, the position for which you are applying, and how you learned of the opening.  Make one strong opening statement about yourself.

Second Paragraph: Express why you are interested in the position, the organization, its products or services.  Address each skill, either required or preferred, listed in the job description.  Highlight experience or coursework directly related to the position. Tell the reader what you can bring to the company.

Third Paragraph: Refer the reader to your attached resume. Initiate the next step (request an interview and/or a follow up conversation). Provide your phone number and e-mail address. Close with appreciation for the reader’s time and consideration.


Your Name